Why abundant tropical tree species are phylogenetically old.

  title={Why abundant tropical tree species are phylogenetically old.},
  author={Shaopeng Wang and Anping Chen and Jingyun Fang and Stephen W Pacala},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={110 40},
Neutral models of species diversity predict patterns of abundance for communities in which all individuals are ecologically equivalent. These models were originally developed for Panamanian trees and successfully reproduce observed distributions of abundance. Neutral models also make macroevolutionary predictions that have rarely been evaluated or tested. Here we show that neutral models predict a humped or flat relationship between species age and population size. In contrast, ages and… CONTINUE READING
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