Patterns in tree species richness as a test of the glacial extinction hypothesis

  title={Patterns in tree species richness as a test of the glacial extinction hypothesis},
  author={Jennifer Miletta Adams and F. Ian Woodward},
IT is well established that Europe has far fewer tree species and genera than either eastern North America or eastern Asia1–3. Fossil evidence shows that west-central Europe had a much richer tree flora during the Upper Tertiary (25–2 Myr BP), with many genera which now survive only in temperate regions of North America and Asia3. These trees seem to have been eliminated from Europe during cold, dry glacial periods of the Pleistocene Era (2–0.001 Myr BP). Their failure to recolonize may be due… CONTINUE READING
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