Analysis of an evolutionary species–area relationship

@article{Losos2000AnalysisOA,
  title={Analysis of an evolutionary species–area relationship},
  author={Jonathan B. Losos and Dolph Schluter},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={408},
  pages={847-850}
}
Large islands typically have more species than comparable smaller islands. Ecological theories, the most influential being the equilibrium theory of island biogeography, explain the species–area relationship as the outcome of the effect of area on immigration and extinction rates. However, these theories do not apply to taxa on land masses, including continents and large islands, that generate most of their species in situ. In this case, species–area relationships should be driven by higher… 

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