Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
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From July 23-25, 2018 a group of 24 geologists, biologists, and paleontologists convened as a working group at the University of Michigan to discuss processes of diversification.
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Frigid polar oceans, not balmy coral reefs, are species-formation hot spots for marine fishes
Tropical oceans teem with the dazzle and flash of colorful reef fishes and contain far more species than the cold ocean waters found at high latitudes. This well-known “latitudinal diversity gradient” is one of the most famous patterns in biology, and scientists have puzzled over its causes for more than 200 years.
One frequently advanced explanation is that warm reef environments serve as evolutionary hot spots for species formation. But a new study that analyzed the evolutionary relationships between more than 30,000 fish species concludes that the fastest rates of species formation have occurred at the highest latitudes and in the coldest ocean waters.
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