PALEOGEOGRAPHY OF THE ANTILLES AND ORIGIN OF WEST INDIAN TERRESTRIAL VERTEBRATES1

@inproceedings{BlairHedges2006PALEOGEOGRAPHYOT,
  title={PALEOGEOGRAPHY OF THE ANTILLES AND ORIGIN OF WEST INDIAN TERRESTRIAL VERTEBRATES1},
  author={S. Blair Hedges},
  year={2006}
}
The fauna of the West Indies includes more than 1300 native terrestrial vertebrate species and is characterized by high levels of endemism. Several theories have been proposed to explain how these animals arrived to the islands, including dispersal, vicariance, and land bridges. The dispersal theory proposes that most of the West Indian terrestrial biota arrived by flying or by flotsam. The vicariance theory suggests that there was a proto-Antillean land mass, or masses, connecting North and… 
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