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Molecular data and ecological niche modelling reveal a highly dynamic evolutionary history of the East Asian Tertiary relict Cercidiphyllum (Cercidiphyllaceae).
TLDR
The findings challenge the notion of relative evolutionary and demographic stability of Tertiary relict trees, and may serve as a guideline for assessing the impact of Neogene climate change on the evolution and distribution of East Asian temperate plants.
Phylogeny and quaternary history of the European montane/alpine endemic Soldanella (Primulaceae) based on ITS and AFLP variation.
TLDR
Estimates of divergence times suggest a late Quaternary origin of the genus Soldanella, and it is hypothesized that the latter differentiated in allopatric regions of expansion during glacials, while the former experienced secondary contact at lower elevations in more southern refugia.
Late Quaternary distributional stasis in the submediterranean mountain plant Anthyllis montana L. (Fabaceae) inferred from ITS sequences and amplified fragment length polymorphism markers
TLDR
The present‐day absence of A. montana from vast parts of the Alps, together with the finding of evenly distributed AFLP variability within each of the two western and eastern lineages identified, is taken as evidence for a largely static Late Quaternary history without large‐scale migration.
Long-distance dispersal vs vicariance: the origin and genetic diversity of alpine plants in the Spanish Sierra Nevada.
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Sierra Nevada populations of all species investigated here preserve unexpectedly high genetic diversity, which testifies to the important influence of long-term isolation, i.e. vicariance, on genetic diversity through fostering the accumulation of new mutations and/or the fixation of ancestral ones.
Differential cycles of range contraction and expansion in European high mountain plants during the Late Quaternary: insights from Pritzelago alpina (L.) O. Kuntze (Brassicaceae)
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Comparison with the previous ITS/AFLP study of Anthyllis montana (Fabaceae) indicates that the two co‐distributed but altitudinally differentiated plant species exhibit temporally concordant but spatially discordant patterns of genetic variation.
Phylogeography of Sophora davidii (Leguminosae) across the ‘Tanaka‐Kaiyong Line’, an important phytogeographic boundary in Southwest China
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The present data reject the geological (tectonic) explanation for the TKL and provide supportive evidence for its role as a climatically driven barrier to present‐day plant dispersal, and lend support to a ‘glacial out‐of‐Hengduan Mts’.
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