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Macroevolutionary Consequences of Pollen and Seed Dispersal

Macroevolutionary Consequences of Pollen and Seed Dispersal

Chapter:
(p.170) 5 Macroevolutionary Consequences of Pollen and Seed Dispersal
Source:
The Ornaments of Life
Author(s):
Theodore H. FlemingW. John Kress
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226023328.003.0005

This chapter discusses the macroevolutionary consequences of interactions between plant-visiting tropical vertebrates and their food plants. It addresses the following questions: to what extent have tropical birds and mammals influenced rates of speciation and diversification in their food plants? Do plant clades that are pollinated or dispersed by tropical birds and mammals contain more species than sister clades that lack vertebrate pollination or dispersal? How do these mutualists influence speciation in their food plants and to what extent is coevolution involved in the speciation process? How have these interactions influenced speciation and diversification of tropical plant-visiting birds and mammals?

Keywords:   macroevolution, plant-visiting tropical vertebrates, food plants, tropical birds, mammals, mutualists, speciation, diversifcation

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