Zoogeography and Phylogeny: The Theoretical Background and Methodology to the Analysis of Mammal and Bird Fauna

  • J. Allen Keast
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 14)


Biogeography is one of the fundamental divisions of evolutionary biology. It is the objective here to review its basic premises, concepts, methodology and its major contributions to our understanding of the evolution of faunal structure and its phylogenetic implications. Perspective can best be gained by using the historical approach which will also enable shortcomings to be highlighted. Current approaches to “ecological” biogeography will also be briefly reviewed and the question asked what has its contribution been to phylogenetic understanding.


Fossil Record Continental Drift Distributional Barrier Bishop Museum Adaptive Zone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Allen Keast
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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