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Biogeography, Time, and Place: Distributions, Barriers, and Islands

Volume 29 of the series Topics In Geobiology pp 93-102

Distribution and Speciation of Megapodes (Megapodiidae) and Subsequent Development of their Breeding

  • René W. R. J. DekkerAffiliated withNationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Naturalis

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Megapodes (Megapodiidae), the most peculiar of all Galliformes, are of Gondwana origin. On the Australian plate they shifted from normal avian incubation to their aberrant strategy of incubating eggs in mounds of sand and leaf litter where heat is generated by microbial decomposition. From here, they spread through the Indonesian archipelago and eastwards into Polynesia, resulting in rapid speciation and the use of alternative heat sources for the incubation of their eggs.