Understanding historical and current patterns of species richness of babblers along a 5000‐m subtropical elevational gradient

  title={Understanding historical and current patterns of species richness of babblers along a 5000‐m subtropical elevational gradient},
  author={Yongjie Wu and Robert K. Colwell and Naijian Han and Ruiying Zhang and Wenjuan Wang and Qing Quan and Chunlan Zhang and Gang Song and Yanhua Qu and Fumin Lei},
  journal={Global Ecology and Biogeography},
Aim To understand the causes of historical and current elevational richness patterns of Leiothrichinae babblers, a diverse and mostly endemic group of birds. Location A 5000-m elevational gradient in the Hengduan Mountains, China. Methods By means of a dated phylogenetic tree and reconstructed ancestral states, we estimated elevation-specific diversification rate, applied a new method to estimate colonization frequency and age and, for the first time, modelled historical species richness… 

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