Phylogeographic insights into cryptic glacial refugia.

  title={Phylogeographic insights into cryptic glacial refugia.},
  author={Jim Provan and Keith D. Bennett},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={23 10},
The glacial episodes of the Quaternary (2.6 million years ago-present) were a major factor in shaping the present-day distributions of extant flora and fauna, with expansions and contractions of the ice sheets rendering large areas uninhabitable for most species. Fossil records suggest that many species survived glacial maxima by retreating to refugia, usually at lower latitudes. Recently, phylogeographic studies have given support to the existence of previously unknown, or cryptic, refugia… CONTINUE READING
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