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Front Zool. 2004 Oct 26;1(1):4.

The structure of biodiversity - insights from molecular phylogeography.

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Biological Sciences, UEA, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK. g.hewitt@uea.ac.uk.

Abstract

DNA techniques, analytical methods and palaeoclimatic studies are greatly advancing our knowledge of the global distribution of genetic diversity, and how it evolved. Such phylogeographic studies are reviewed from Arctic, Temperate and Tropical regions, seeking commonalities of cause in the resulting genetic patterns. The genetic diversity is differently patterned within and among regions and biomes, and is related to their histories of climatic changes. This has major implications for conservation science.

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