[Taxacom] Hypothesis: How Nothofagus rafted to New Zealand

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at earthlink.net
Sun Dec 24 09:58:00 CST 2006

On 2006-12-23 20:03, Ken Kinman wrote:
>     My hypothesis is that one (or more) Nothofagus cunninghamii trees 
> rafted to New Zealand carrying on their branchs both their own fruit and 
> their unique fungus Cyttaria gunni.  The tree or trees could have been 
> dislodged due to land slides, massive floods, or even a tsunami---pick 
> your favorite disaster.

This is not a hypothesis, since it's not testable. It's evolutionary 
"tall tales" such as this that give the panbiogeographers ammunition.

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