ANCIENT TEPUI SUMMITS HARBOR YOUNG RATHER THAN OLD LINEAGES OF ENDEMIC FROGS

@article{Salerno2012ANCIENTTS,
  title={ANCIENT TEPUI SUMMITS HARBOR YOUNG RATHER THAN OLD LINEAGES OF ENDEMIC FROGS},
  author={P. Salerno and S. Ron and J. C. Se{\~n}aris and F. M. Rojas-Runjaic and B. Noonan and D. Cannatella},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2012},
  volume={66}
}
The flattop mountains (tepuis) of South America are ancient remnants of the Precambrian Guiana Shield plateau. The tepui summits, isolated by their surrounding cliffs that can be up to 1000 m tall, are thought of as “islands in the sky,” harboring relict flora and fauna that underwent vicariant speciation due to plateau fragmentation. High endemicity atop tepui summits support the idea of an ancient “Lost World” biota. However, recent work suggests that dispersal between lowlands and summits… Expand
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