The explanatory power of biogeographical patterns: a reply to de Bruyn et al

Authors: Parenti, Lynne R.; Ebach, Malte C.; Katinas, Liliana

Source: Journal of Biogeography, Volume 40, Number 11, 1 November 2013 , pp. 2206-2208(3)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Abstract:

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Confusion between evidence and hypothesis in biogeographical studies was the focus of our recent Guest Editorial (Parenti & Ebach, 2013, Journal of Biogeography, 40, 813–820). That editorial was critiqued by de Bruyn et al. (2013, Journal of Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/jbi.12166) to whom we reply briefly here. Despite our shared goals – to understand what lives where and why – we argue from different philosophical premises. Although we may have little common ground, such debate encourages the good health of the field of biogeography.

Document Type: Correspondence

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12205

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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