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Out-of-India Gondwanan origin of some tropical Asian biota

Karanth, Praveen K (2006) Out-of-India Gondwanan origin of some tropical Asian biota. In: Current Science, 90 (6). pp. 789-792.


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Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain the presence of Gondwanan lineages in tropical Asia including, the out-of-India hypothesis, the Eurasian route hypothesis, long-distance transoceanic dispersal and the boreotropical hypothesis. Recent molecular studies support an out-of-India Gondwanan origin of some tropical Asian taxa. Specifically these studies suggest that ancient Gondwanan lineages survived on peninsular India in spite of dramatic climatic changes and Late Cretaceous volcanism. Under this model, Gondwanan lineages dispersed into Asia when peninsular India collided with Asian plate. These Gondwanan lineages represent the remnants of unique ancient biota that require urgent attention from conservationists if we are to preserve the overall evolutionary history of Indian biota.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Current Science.
Keywords: Disjunct distribution;Eurasian rout;Gondwana breakup;Molecular phylogeny.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Sahana R Sahini
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/6519

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