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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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Recovery of plant DNA using a reciprocating saw and silica‐based columns
The time needed for hand grinding and the cost of commercially available extraction kits remain to be the major limitations in plant DNA extraction for many researchers. We present inexpensiveExpand
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Revisiting the origin and diversification of vascular plants through a comprehensive Bayesian analysis of the fossil record
Summary Plants have a long evolutionary history, during which mass extinction events dramatically affected Earth's ecosystems and its biodiversity. The fossil record can shed light on theExpand
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Testing geological models of evolution of the Isthmus of Panama in a phylogenetic framework
The emergence and closure of the Isthmus of Panama had regional and global impacts that were rivalled by few other Cenozoic geological events. The closure of the Central American Seaway and the riseExpand
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Comment (1) on “Formation of the Isthmus of Panama” by O’Dea et al.
The conclusions of O’Dea et al. on the formation of the Isthmus of Panama are not supported by analysis of the data. A review and reanalysis of geological, molecular, and paleontological data ledExpand
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Miocene dispersal drives island radiations in the palm tribe Trachycarpeae (Arecaceae).
The study of three island groups of the palm tribe Trachycarpeae (Arecaceae/Palmae) permits both the analysis of each independent radiation and comparisons across the tribe to address generalExpand
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Reply to Lessios and Marko et al.: Early and progressive migration across the Isthmus of Panama is robust to missing data and biases
The emergence of the Isthmus of Panama left a major imprint on the biodiversity of the Americas. The connection between South and North America facilitated dispersal of terrestrial and freshwaterExpand
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Quaternary glaciation and the Great American Biotic Interchange
Recent geological studies demonstrate that the Isthmus of Panama emerged some 10 m.y. earlier than previously assumed. Although absent today in Panama, Central American savanna environments likelyExpand
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An engine for global plant diversity: highest evolutionary turnover and emigration in the American tropics
Understanding the processes that have generated the latitudinal biodiversity gradient and the continental differences in tropical biodiversity remains a major goal of evolutionary biology. Here weExpand
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Amazonia is the primary source of Neotropical biodiversity
Significance Amazonia is not only the world’s most diverse rainforest but is also the region in tropical America that has contributed most to its total biodiversity. We show this by estimating andExpand
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