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Chinese Birds 2013, 4(2) 132-143 DOI:   10.5122/cbirds.2013.0014  ISSN: 1674-7674 CN: 11-5870/Q

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Sino-Himalayan biodiversity hotspot
Article by Jon FJELDS?

The global diversification of songbirds (Oscines) and the build-up of the Sino-Himalayan diversity hotspot


Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the Natural History Museum of Denmark,Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark


Over the last decade, molecular phylogenetic studies have provided the foundation for a comprehensive analysis of the global diversification of songbirds (Oscines), which comprise nearly half of all the birds of the world. By comparing the spatial distribution of species representing basal and terminal root-path groups, this paper provides graphical illustrations of the global pattern of diversification for the major songbird clades. The worldwide expansion of songbirds started as an island radiation in the area where New Guinea is now located, but the mountains of southern China represent a principal center for more recent diversification. The paper suggests priorities and perspectives for further research aiming to understand what determines the variation in biodiversity on different spatial scales.

Keywords songbirds   Oscines   global diversification   biogeography   Sino-Himalayan biodiversity hotspot  
Received 2012-12-04 Revised 2012-02-17 Online:  
DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2013.0014
Corresponding Authors: Jon FJELDSA
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