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Land Bridges: Ancient Environments, Plant Migrations, and New World Connections

Alan Graham

Abstract

The New World has been connected to and separated from distant lands by five land bridges that during the late Cretaceous and Cenozoic periodically served as barriers and pathways for migration: the Bering Land Bridge, the North Atlantic Land Bridge, the Antillean Land Bridge, the Central American Land Bridge, and the Magellan Land Bridge. New World land bridges constitute an important means whereby organisms interchanged and separated from those of adjacent lands explaining some widespread similarities and disjunct distributions (e.g., between eastern Asia and eastern North America). Other fa ... More

Keywords: land bridges, New World, Bering, North Atlantic, Antillean, Central American, Cretaceous, Cenozoic, Magellan, climate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226544151
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226544328.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Graham, author
Missouri Botanical Garden