Sympatric speciation in birds is rare: insights from range data and simulations.

  title={Sympatric speciation in birds is rare: insights from range data and simulations.},
  author={Albert B Phillimore and C. David L. Orme and Gavin H. Thomas and Tim M Blackburn and Peter M. Bennett and Kevin J. Gaston and Ian P. F. Owens},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={171 5},
Sympatric speciation is now accepted as theoretically plausible and a likely explanation for divergence in a handful of taxa, but its contribution to large-scale patterns of speciation remains contentious. A major problem is that it is difficult to differentiate between alternate scenarios of geographic speciation when species ranges have shifted substantially in the past. Previous studies have searched for a signal of the geographic mode of speciation by testing for a correlation between time… CONTINUE READING
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