Relict Species: Phylogeography and Conservation Biology
by Jan Christian Habel (Editor), Thorsten Assmann (Editor)

DEFINITION: Relict species is a species that has survived while other related ones have become extinct. A relict species may be one that had a wider range but is now found only in particular areas (like the European white elm tree in western Siberia), or it may have survived relatively unchanged from an older period when other kinds of species went extinct (such as horseshoe crabs).

Pub. Date: January 01, 2010
Publisher: -Verlag New York, LLC
Format: Hardcover, 420pp
ISBN-13: 9783540921592
ISBN: 3540921591



This book provides an overview of the importance of research on relict species and presents conclusions and findings on the conservation of these species. There are relict species and populations from nearly all plant and animal groups and they contribute substantially to biodiversity across the globe. Current diversity patterns are influenced by both historic and recent ecological conditions. Relict species are of particular importance, as they usually suffer more severely from human activities than do non-relict populations; the situation is also potentially critical, as many relict species and populations have the potential to colonize large areas when the climate changes.
The more than 27 contributions in this book highlight the history and status of today’s relict species and populations and apply molecular genetics, morphometry, modelling and conservation biology to describe the past and present situations and to predict future trends of relict species’ distribution.


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