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2. What did Haile et al not conclude?

  • SedaDNA however needs to have been undisturbed since deposition and that the DNA has not migrated between strata.
  • Samples from modern environment samples is used to detect secretive organisms present at low densities, and this can be extended to extinct megafauna
  • SedaDNA should now only be used and not the use of macrofossil dating
  • Revelation of mega-fauna and human overlap in the Americas shows that over continents should be reassessed too.

3. Which is not a feature of the Journal of Biogeography commentary (2005) Goodbye Gondwana?

  • But there is no reason why dispersalist universe with a much diminished role for Gondwana cannot be as appealing with each taxon having its unique history a complex network of relationships reaching across the entire globe
  • The land that time forgot, or the ancient dinosaur forests of the NZ, unchanged for 600myr
  • Unchanging Gondwanic heritage is an important cultural icon
  • The southern end of the world is where the two central ideas of historical biogeography, vicariance and dispersal, have had their most intense encounter

4. Which is not a feature of Trewick et al (2007) Hello New Zealand?

  • Whether modern NZ has a terrestrial link through time with the continent Zealandia or whether NZ present terrestrial existence is the product of tectonic activity initiated around 2.6 Ma?
  • Oceanic islands, generally the products of volcanic activity, provide natural experiments as biological populations are well delimited and the age of islands can be determined using radiometric dating.
  • There is decreasing evidence from molecular data that much of this biodiversity is the product of evolution following relatively recent colonization
  • It is widely accepted that the flora and fauna is primarily ancient and of vicariant Gondwannan origin

5. Which is not a feature of Lavers, Why Elephants have big ears? (For birds)

  • The age of the mammals is a period of diversification over the past 70 million years and also the age of the birds. Evolution of still in the age of dinosaurs?
  • Birds are driven by powerful metabolic engines, maintain their bodies at a high/constant temps and have extremely high aerobic capacities (39-42'C) Warm blooded
  • Their wing size has decreased over the years for better flights and their beaks have adapted regarding their change in diet


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