The latitudinal biodiversity gradient through deep time.

  title={The latitudinal biodiversity gradient through deep time.},
  author={Philip D Mannion and Paul Upchurch and Roger B J Benson and Anjali Goswami},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={29 1},
Today, biodiversity decreases from equatorial to polar regions. This is a fundamental pattern governing the distribution of extant organisms, the understanding of which is critical to predicting climatically driven biodiversity loss. However, its causes remain unresolved. The fossil record offers a unique perspective on the evolution of this latitudinal biodiversity gradient (LBG), providing a dynamic system in which to explore spatiotemporal diversity fluctuations. Deep-time studies indicate… CONTINUE READING
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