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Amazonia Through Time: Andean Uplift, Climate Change, Landscape Evolution, and Biodiversity
The Making of Amazonian Diversity The biodiversity of the Amazon Basin is legendary, but the processes by which it has been generated have been debated. In the late 20th century the prevalent viewExpand
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Biological evidence supports an early and complex emergence of the Isthmus of Panama
Significance The formation of the Isthmus of Panama, which linked North and South America, is key to understanding the biodiversity, oceanography, atmosphere, and climate in the region. Despite itsExpand
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Tracing the impact of the Andean uplift on Neotropical plant evolution
Recent phylogenetic studies have revealed the major role played by the uplift of the Andes in the extraordinary diversification of the Neotropical flora. These studies, however, have typicallyExpand
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Evolution of multicellularity coincided with increased diversification of cyanobacteria and the Great Oxidation Event
Cyanobacteria are among the most diverse prokaryotic phyla, with morphotypes ranging from unicellular to multicellular filamentous forms, including those able to terminally (i.e., irreversibly)Expand
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Why are there so many plant species in the Neotropics
The Neotropical region (tropical America) is the most species rich region on Earth. Several causes have been proposed to explain this extraordinary biodiversity, which may be very roughly classifiedExpand
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Molecular Studies and Phylogeography of Amazonian Tetrapods and their Relation to Geological and Climatic Models
Explaining the origins and evolution of Amazonian biodiversity continues to be an outstanding question in evolutionary biology. A plethora of mechanisms for promoting diversifi cation has beenExpand
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The origin of multicellularity in cyanobacteria
BackgroundCyanobacteria are one of the oldest and morphologically most diverse prokaryotic phyla on our planet. The early development of an oxygen-containing atmosphere approximately 2.45 - 2.22Expand
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Mass extinction, gradual cooling, or rapid radiation? Reconstructing the spatiotemporal evolution of the ancient angiosperm genus Hedyosmum (Chloranthaceae) using empirical and simulated approaches.
Chloranthaceae is a small family of flowering plants (65 species) with an extensive fossil record extending back to the Early Cretaceous. Within Chloranthaceae, Hedyosmum is remarkable because of itsExpand
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The abiotic and biotic drivers of rapid diversification in Andean bellflowers (Campanulaceae)
Summary The tropical Andes of South America, the world's richest biodiversity hotspot, are home to many rapid radiations. While geological, climatic, and ecological processes collectively explainExpand
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Bayesian estimation of speciation and extinction from incomplete fossil occurrence data.
The temporal dynamics of species diversity are shaped by variations in the rates of speciation and extinction, and there is a long history of inferring these rates using first and last appearances ofExpand
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