Ecology predicts levels of genetic differentiation in neotropical birds.

  title={Ecology predicts levels of genetic differentiation in neotropical birds.},
  author={Curtis W. Burney and Robb Thomas Brumfield},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={174 3},
Despite the theoretical link between the ecology and the population genetics of species, little empirical evidence is available that corroborates the association. Here, we examined genetic variation in 40 codistributed species of lowland Neotropical rain forest birds that have populations isolated on either side of the Andes, the Amazon River, and the Madeira River. We found widely varying levels of genetic divergence among these taxa across the same biogeographic barriers. Our investigation of… CONTINUE READING
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