Evolutionary biology: speciation on islands

Curr Biol. 2010 May 25;20(10):R440-2. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.03.032.


One of the strongest rules of biological diversity - the observation that more species live on large islands than on small ones - is usually attributed to the balance between colonization and extinction. But speciation on islands cannot be ignored.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biodiversity*
  • Ecology
  • Genetic Speciation*
  • Geography*
  • Models, Biological
  • Phylogeny
  • Population Dynamics