[Taxacom] No more whinging and whining?

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Wed Feb 1 12:00:51 CST 2012


One would not look only to Croizat for an 'algorithmic' explanation
(although the core principles are there). One would look to various
papers since his publications.

My impression is that Heads' book is less a primer on panbiogeographic
methodology (already extensively covered in specialist and textbook
publications) than an application of the method. The book shows how
panbiogeography works in practice.

John Grehan

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This will be very welcome on my shelf, particularly if there is an
explanation at the algorithmic level of how one _does_ panbiogeograohy,
something that eluded me in my protracted slog through many, many pages
of Croizat's writings. Since UC Press has, as I have reason to know, a
good vetting process, I have highest hopes. 

Barry Roth

On Feb 1, 2012, at 6:05 AM, "John Grehan" <jgrehan at sciencebuff.org>
wrote:

> Perhaps it's too much to hope for, but for those who are stuck in the
> past with complaints about the readability of Croizat's
panbiogeography
> this can no longer be used as an excuse for ignorance. Molecular
> Panbiogeography of the Tropics is now published (Michael Heads,
> University of California Press, Berkeley). In my opinion (admittedly
> biased) this is the best biogeography book to come out since 1958. The
> book is written in standard US English and so for US English critics
at
> least, there should be no further impediment. The chapters are as
> follows:
> 
> 
> 
> 1. Evolution in Space
> 
> 2. Evolution in Time
> 
> 3. Evolution and biogeography of Primates: A New Model Based on
> Molecular Phylogenetics, Vicariance, and Plate Tectonics
> 
> 4. Biogeography of New World Monkeys
> 
> 5. Primates in Africa and Asia
> 
> 6. Biogeography of the Central Hawaiian Islands: The Global Context
> 
> 7. Distribution of the Hawaiian Islands
> 
> 8. Biogeography of Pantropical and Global Groups
> 
> 9. Evolution in Space, Time, and Form: Beyond Centers of Origin,
> Dispersal, and Adaptation
> 
> 
> 
> Readers should find plenty of meat in the sandwich, and even if people
> want to continue their faith in centers of origin, at least one might
> expect informed objections (i.e. making specific reference to the
> panbiogeographic critique) from now on (I know, that's more than one
can
> really expect). Also, perhaps this book will make it more difficult
for
> Hawaiians (the biogeographers) to keep up the pretence that there is
no
> possible alternative to their dispersalist model for the islands'
biota.
> (I call it a 'pretence' because they know darned well that there is an
> alternative).
> 
> 
> 
> More on the scope and availability of the book go to
> http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520271968
> 
> 
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