[Taxacom] North America, Central America + S.E. Asia sister taxa

Michael Heads michael.heads at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 20 21:25:15 CST 2011

Ah, so the carabid clade is *east* of the Rockies - then my suggestion of trans-Pacific connections for the carabids was probably wrong, and it's more likely to be a Tethyan group.  I agree with Ken that the group was probably present earlier in Europe and central Asia, although there is no need for these populations to have had any special phylogenetic significance. 

Kip - where is the sister group/s of your clade?

Michael Heads

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 From: Kenneth Kinman <kennethkinman at webtv.net>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
Sent: Wednesday, 21 December 2011 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] North America, Central America + S.E. Asia sister taxa
Hi Kip,
 Your beetles sound like they may have a somewhat similar
evolutionary origin to a bird sister-group pair, Hemiprocnidae and
Apodidae.   The Hemiprocnidae has a South East Asia range that is
broader, but centered around the Vietnam-Myanmar area.  

      It's sister group Apodidae apparently arose further west in
Eurasia (with at least one stem-genus known from Europe).  Your beetles
could have spread west into eastern North America along with Apodidae.
Of course, Apodidae has spread and diversified much further, but your
beetles could have had competitors that prevented them from expanding
into South America, Africa, etc.  Anyway, I would not be surprised to
find European fossils that are stem members of your North and Central
American beetle group.              
Kipling (Kip) Will wrote:
Dear All, 
I am looking for examples of taxa with demonstrated sister groups in
which one is endemic to all or part of South East Asia and the other to
all or part of North and/or Central America. Any citations or clues


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