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Vasconcelos, T., Boyko, J. D., & Beaulieu, J. M. (2021). Linking mode of seed dispersal and climatic niche evolution in flowering plants. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.14292 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14292

Aim: Due to the sessile nature of flowering plants, movements to new geographical areas occur mainly during seed dispersal. Frugivores tend to be efficient dispersers because animals move within the boundaries of their preferable niches, so seeds are more likely to be transported to environments tha…

Méndez-Camacho, K., Leon-Alvarado, O., & Miranda-Esquivel, D. R. (2021). Biogeographic evidence supports the Old Amazon hypothesis for the formation of the Amazon fluvial system. PeerJ, 9, e12533. doi:10.7717/peerj.12533 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.12533

The Amazon has high biodiversity, which has been attributed to different geological events such as the formation of rivers. The Old and Young Amazon hypotheses have been proposed regarding the date of the formation of the Amazon basin. Different studies of historical biogeography support the Young A…

Ballen, G. A., Jaramillo, C., Dagosta, F. C. P., & Pinna, M. C. C. (2021). A fossil fish assemblage from the middle Miocene of the Cocinetas Basin, northern Colombia. Papers in Palaeontology. doi:10.1002/spp2.1405 https://doi.org/10.1002/spp2.1405

Freshwater fossil fish faunas have long been used to infer past drainage connections, given that they are bounded by physical freshwater barriers. Here we study a middle Miocene (15.0–15.5 Ma) freshwater fish fossil fauna (Makaraipao) from the Castilletes Formation in northern Colombia, nowadays wes…

Xue, T., Gadagkar, S. R., Albright, T. P., Yang, X., Li, J., Xia, C., … Yu, S. (2021). Prioritizing conservation of biodiversity in an alpine region: Distribution pattern and conservation status of seed plants in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Global Ecology and Conservation, 32, e01885. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01885 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01885

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) harbors abundant and diverse plant life owing to its high habitat heterogeneity. However, the distribution pattern of biodiversity hotspots and their conservation status remain unclear. Based on 148,283 high-resolution occurrence coordinates of 13,450 seed plants, w…

Jarduli, L. R., Pereira, A. D., Garcia, D. A. Z., Ferraz, J. D., Geller, I. V., & Orsi, M. L. (2021). Distribution modeling of Psellogrammus kennedyi (Eigenmann, 1903) and new records in the Lower Paranapanema River, Brazil. Check List, 17(5), 1277–1284. doi:10.15560/17.5.1277 https://doi.org/10.15560/17.5.1277

Understanding the potential distribution of non-native species can be an important tool in preventing biological invasions. We recorded for the first time Psellogrammus kennedyi, a small non-native characiform, in the Lower Paranapanema River, Brazil. According to environmental variables and predict…

Russi, C. H., Carvalho, F., & Althoff, S. L. (2021). Phyllostomid bats distribution and richness gradient in a subtropical Brazilian state. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia, 61, e20216160. doi:10.11606/1807-0205/2021.61.60 https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2021.61.60

Phyllostomid bats (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) are key elements for the maintenance of New World forests, but little information on their distribution is available in some regions of Brazil. Here we use occurrence records and bioclimatic variables to model the distribution of phyllostomid bats in Sa…

McManamay, R. A., Vernon, C. R., & Jager, H. I. (2021). Global Biodiversity Implications of Alternative Electrification Strategies Under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Biological Conservation, 109234. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109234 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109234

Addressing climate mitigation while meeting global electrification goals will require major transitions from fossil-fuel dependence to large-scale renewable energy deployment. However, renewables require significant land assets per unit energy and could come at high cost to ecosystems, creating pote…

Wieringa, J. G., Carstens, B. C., & Gibbs, H. L. (2021). Predicting migration routes for three species of migratory bats using species distribution models. PeerJ, 9, e11177. doi:10.7717/peerj.11177 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.11177

Understanding seasonal variation in the distribution and movement patterns of migratory species is essential to monitoring and conservation efforts. While there are many species of migratory bats in North America, little is known about their seasonal movements. In terms of conservation, this is impo…

Arenas-Viveros, D., Sánchez-Vendizú, P., Giraldo, A., & Salazar-Bravo, J. (2021). A new species of Cynomops (Chiroptera: Molossidae) from the northwestern slope of the Andes. Mammalia, 0(0). doi:10.1515/mammalia-2020-0068 https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2020-0068

The systematics and taxonomy of the broadly distributed bats of the genus Cynomops has changed considerably in the last few years. Among the major changes, Cynomops abrasus was split into two species of large-bodied forms (Cynomops mastivus and C. abrasus) distributed east of the Andes. However, lar…

Cruz, J. A., Prado, J. L., & Arroyo-Cabrales, J. (2021). The mutual ecogeographical range and paleoclimatic reconstruction during the Late Pleistocene-Holocene in the Pampas (Argentina) using meso and microvertebrate fossils. The Holocene, 095968362199465. doi:10.1177/0959683621994652 https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683621994652

The Pampas of Argentina is a large grassland ecosystem located in the oriental region southern of South America. As a study case, we present the results of the paleoclimatic analysis of the Tixi Cave site. This is a paleontological and archeological locality that shows a long chronologic sequence, w…