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Controlling for the species-area effect supports constrained long-term Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate diversification

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Variation in the geographic spread of fossil localities strongly biases inferences about the evolution of biodiversity, due to the ubiquitous scaling of species richness with area. This obscures answers to key questions, such as how tetrapods attained their tremendous extant diversity. We address this problem by applying sampling-standardisation methods to spatial regions of equal size, within a global Mesozoic–early Palaeogene dataset of non-flying terrestrial tetrapods. We recover no s...

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10.1038/ncomms15381

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St Edmund Hall
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Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme 2014–2018 under grant agreement 637483
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Springer Nature Publisher's website
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Nature Communications Journal website
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8
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Article: 15381
Publication date:
2017-05-22
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2017-03-13
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2041-1723
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pubs:686192
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uri:b05e93bb-5b39-4e63-852c-aab2ce61b574
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uuid:b05e93bb-5b39-4e63-852c-aab2ce61b574
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