Revisiting the historical distribution of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests: new insights based on palaeodistribution modelling and palynological evidencegeb
- F. Werneck, G. C. Costa, G. Colli, Darien E. Prado, J. Sites
- Environmental Science, Geography
- 1 March 2011
Aim To investigate the potential distribution of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests (SDTFs) during the Quaternary climatic fluctuations; to reassess the formerly proposed ‘Pleistocenic arc hypothesis’…
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
Imputation of missing data in life‐history trait datasets: which approach performs the best?
Despite efforts in data collection, missing values are commonplace in life‐history trait databases. Because these values typically are not missing randomly, the common practice of removing missing…
Climatic stability in the Brazilian Cerrado: implications for biogeographical connections of South American savannas, species richness and conservation in a biodiversity hotspot
Aim To investigate the historical distribution of the Cerrado across Quaternary climatic fluctuations and to generate historical stability maps to test: (1) whether the ‘historical climate’…
Vicariance and endemism in a Neotropical savanna hotspot: distribution patterns of Cerrado squamate reptiles
The results indicate that vicariant speciation has strongly shaped Cerrado squamate diversity, in contrast to earlier studies emphasizing faunal interchange and low endemism in the Cerrados vertebrate fauna.
Phylogenetic niche conservatism and the evolutionary basis of ecological speciation
- R. A. Pyron, G. C. Costa, M. Patten, F. Burbrink
- Environmental Science, BiologyBiological Reviews of The Cambridge Philosophical…
- 1 November 2015
Ultimately, PNC as a process has a well‐defined mechanistic basis in organisms, and future studies investigating ecological speciation would be well served to consider this, and frame hypothesis testing in terms of the processes and expected patterns described herein.
Biome stability in South America over the last 30 kyr: Inferences from long‐term vegetation dynamics and habitat modelling
Department of Biology, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama BioGeCo, INRA, University of Bordeaux, Cestas, France Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution ISEM, University of Montpellier…
Squamate richness in the Brazilian Cerrado and its environmental–climatic associations
We investigate patterns of species richness of squamates (lizards, snakes, and amphisbaenians) in the Brazilian Cerrado, identifying areas of particularly high richness, and testing predictions of…
Life-History Patterns of Lizards of the World
- D. O. Mesquita, G. C. Costa, E. Pianka
- Biology, Environmental ScienceAmerican Naturalist
- 31 March 2016
A large life-history data set (674 lizard populations, representing 297 species from 263 sites globally) is compiled to test a number of hypotheses regarding the evolution of life- history traits in lizards, finding significant phylogenetic signal in most life- histories traits and variation in trait values explained by clade membership is unevenly distributed.
Global priorities for conservation across multiple dimensions of mammalian diversity
- F. T. Brum, C. Graham, Ana D. Davidson
- Environmental ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 3 July 2017
This work provides the first biological map of priority areas that captures all three dimensions of mammalian biodiversity: taxonomic, phylogenetic, and traits, and finds limited overlap in priority regions across the three dimensions and with currently protected areas.