Late Cenozoic evolution of the latitudinal diversity gradient
The Late Cenozoic flourishing of polar marine ecosystems, just when temperatures were reaching their lowest levels, has always seemed anomalous. Such an observation is coupled with an increasing volume of molecular phylogenetic evidence to indicate that some polar taxa radiated at exceptionally high evolutionary rates. The canonical latitudinal diversity gradient (LDG) may not be underpinned by a parallel gradient in evolutionary rates. This study provides a review of this critical question.
Authors: Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame