Clade age and not diversification rate explains species richness among animal taxa.

@article{McPeek2007CladeAA,
  title={Clade age and not diversification rate explains species richness among animal taxa.},
  author={Mark A McPeek and Jonathan M. Brown},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2007},
  volume={169 4},
  pages={
          E97-106
        }
}
  • Mark A McPeek, Jonathan M. Brown
  • Published in The American naturalist 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Animal taxa show remarkable variability in species richness across phylogenetic groups. Most explanations for this disparity postulate that taxa with more species have phenotypes or ecologies that cause higher diversification rates (i.e., higher speciation rates or lower extinction rates). Here we show that clade longevity, and not diversification rate, has primarily shaped patterns of species richness across major animal clades: more diverse taxa are older and thus have had more time to… CONTINUE READING

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