Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians.

@article{Roelants2007GlobalPO,
  title={Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians.},
  author={Kim Roelants and David J Gower and Mark Wilkinson and Simon P Loader and S. D. Biju and Karen Guillaume and Linde Moriau and Franky Bossuyt},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2007},
  volume={104 3},
  pages={
          887-92
        }
}
The fossil record of modern amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) provides no evidence for major extinction or radiation episodes throughout most of the Mesozoic and early Tertiary. However, long-term gradual diversification is difficult to reconcile with the sensitivity of present-day amphibian faunas to rapid ecological changes and the incidence of similar environmental perturbations in the past that have been associated with high turnover rates in other land vertebrates. To provide… CONTINUE READING

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