Dated Plant Phylogenies Resolve Neogene Climate and Landscape Evolution in the Cape Floristic Region

@inproceedings{Hoffmann2015DatedPP,
  title={Dated Plant Phylogenies Resolve Neogene Climate and Landscape Evolution in the Cape Floristic Region},
  author={Vera Hoffmann and George Anthony Verboom and Fenton P. D. Cotterill and Robert Guralnick},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
In the context of molecularly-dated phylogenies, inferences informed by ancestral habitat reconstruction can yield valuable insights into the origins of biomes, palaeoenvironments and landforms. In this paper, we use dated phylogenies of 12 plant clades from the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) in southern Africa to test hypotheses of Neogene climatic and geomorphic evolution. Our combined dataset for the CFR strengthens and refines previous palaeoenvironmental reconstructions based on a sparse… CONTINUE READING
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