Seasonal and daily climate variation have opposite effects on species elevational range size

@article{Chan2016SeasonalAD,
  title={Seasonal and daily climate variation have opposite effects on species elevational range size},
  author={Wei-Ping Chan and I-Ching Chen and Robert K Colwell and Wei-Chung Liu and Cho-ying Huang and Sheng-Feng Shen},
  journal={Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={351},
  pages={1437-1439}
}
The climatic variability hypothesis posits that the magnitude of climatic variability increases with latitude, elevation, or both, and that greater variability selects for organisms with broader temperature tolerances, enabling them to be geographically widespread. We tested this classical hypothesis for the elevational range sizes of more than 16,500 terrestrial vertebrates on 180 montane gradients. In support of the hypothesis, mean elevational range size was positively correlated with the… CONTINUE READING
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