[Taxacom] Hypothesis: How Nothofagus rafted to New Zealand

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at earthlink.net
Sun Dec 24 16:37:03 CST 2006

On 2006-12-24 09:29, Ken Kinman wrote:
> Dispersal of some kind is indeed a testable 
> hypothesis, and I'm glad to see Fred Schueler understands what I am 
> trying to do. 

Dispersal is specifically not falsifiable, since there is no conceivable 
evidence that would rule out dispersal. Vicariance *is* falsifiable, in 
the sense that a vicariance event would be expected to affect many taxa, 
and so one can develop an area cladogram from the congruence of multiple 
organismal cladograms and areas. Any phylogeny that does not map to the 
area cladogram is not likely to have resulted from the same vicariance 
events. Dispersal is one alternative. (This is historical biogeography 
in a nutshell, btw.)

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