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An island called India: phylogenetic patterns across multiple taxonomic groups reveal endemic radiations

Karanth, Praveen K (2015) An island called India: phylogenetic patterns across multiple taxonomic groups reveal endemic radiations. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 108 (10). pp. 1847-1851.

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Island systems from around the world have provided fascinating opportunities for studies pertaining to various evolutionary processes. One recurring feature of isolated islands is the presence of endemic radiations. In this regard, the Indian subcontinent is an interesting entity given it has been an island during much of its history following separation from Madagascar and currently is isolated from much of Eurasia by the Himalayas in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south. Not surprisingly, recent molecular studies on a number of endemic taxa from India have reported endemic radiations. These studies suggest that the uniqueness of Indian biota is not just due to its diverse origin, but also due to evolution in isolation. The isolation of India has generated some peculiarities typically seen on oceanic islands. However, these patterns might be confined to, groups with low dispersal ability.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Keywords: Biogeography; Indomalayan region; intrusive elements; island radiation; molecular data
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2015 09:39
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2015 09:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51883

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