[Taxacom] Biogeografia 7

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 14:43:04 CDT 2014

The latest volume of Biogeografia is now published and copies of articles
can be obtained at http://johngrehan.net/index.php/biogeografia/

Below is the editorial.

Biogeography remains one of the most diverse disciplines in evolutionary
biology, and one in which there are relatively few rules beyond reasonable
courtesy to limit the views or methods that are published. In some ways
this situation can seem chaotic and disordered, but in other ways it marks
the continued health and excitement of the discipline. It is this quality
that the editors of *Biogeografía *hope to see continue for a long time to

In this issue of *Biogeografía, *the editors are pleased to see a range of
papers covering aspects of the methods, theories, and history of
biogeography, including some of the most controversial questions within the
discipline. The opening paper by Charles Morphy D. Santos and Bruna Klassa
emphasizes the importance of biogeography as a potential approach to help
school students understand evolution and biodiversity conservation by using
biogeography as an analytical evolutionary method. This approach makes a
great deal of historical sense when one recalls that it was biogeography,
not purely biology, systematics or the fossil record, that
led Darwin to adopt an evolutionary point of view. The second lead article
by Leonardo Fernández-Badillo, Irene Goyenechea and Tania Escalante
explores the potential for Analysis of Endemicity to identify generalized
tracks, applying a practical example for Baja California.
The focus article by Antonio López Almirall considers the problem of
comparing biodiversity differences at large biogeographic scales using a
broad biodiversity measures, that recognize the reality and value of higher
taxonomic units rather than species alone.

In the forum section, John Grehan presents the second part of his personal
reflection on some of the historical events affecting the course and
development of panbiogeography that took place after moving to the United
States. This is followed by two book reviews that happen to focus on the
same publication - Alan de Quieroz’s *The Monkey’s Voyage *with its
imaginative subtitle “*How improbable journey’s shaped the history of life*”
that reveals the immense chasm within biogeography between the conception
of a world shaped by the probable and a world shaped by that which is not.
The reviews by Wills Flowers and Michael Heads each draw attention to
critical deficiencies in evidence and logic present throughout the book.

The editors of *Biogeografía *extend an open invitation to anyone inclined
to write a rebuttal or defense as we are very favorably inclined to
encourage expression of all perspectives in biogeography.

We end this issue of *Biogeografía *with a reflection by René Zaragüeta i
Bagils on the life and works of Fabrizio Cecca, an accomplished
paleobiogeographer and musician. René reminds us of the human dimension
behind biogeography – something that is all too easy to forget in our
professional interactions with colleagues whether they be supporters or
opponents. It is this humanity that underlies the ultimate value of our
work. As with all biogeographers who have passed on before us, Fabrizio
Cecca, we salute your life.

 John Grehan
Tania Escalante
César Miguel-Talonia
Elkin Noguera-Urbano
Editors, SEBA Bulletin, 2014

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