Ecological limits and diversification rate: alternative paradigms to explain the variation in species richness among clades and regions.

@article{Rabosky2009EcologicalLA,
  title={Ecological limits and diversification rate: alternative paradigms to explain the variation in species richness among clades and regions.},
  author={D. Rabosky},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2009},
  volume={12 8},
  pages={
          735-43
        }
}
  • D. Rabosky
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Ecology letters
Diversification rate is one of the most important metrics in macroecological and macroevolutionary studies. Here I demonstrate that diversification analyses can be misleading when researchers assume that diversity increases unbounded through time, as is typical in molecular phylogenetic studies. If clade diversity is regulated by ecological factors, then species richness may be independent of clade age and it may not be possible to infer the rate at which diversity arose. This has substantial… Expand

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