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Article Dans Une Revue Biotropica Année : 2016

Long-term Spatial Changes in the Distribution of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

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The aim of this study is to represent simultaneously changes in the spatial distribution of the Atlantic forest during the last 17,000 years. To characterize such changes, here we focused on three different forest physiognomies, evergreen, semi‐deciduous, and Araucaria, and we provide a list of indicator taxa for each class retrieved from the original published datasets. A review of the published fossil pollen records allowed us to classify regional behaviors in three main areas of distribution, north of 15°S, between 15° and 23°S and south of 23°S latitude that correspond to three climatic geographical barriers. Statistical probability density function method was used to illustrate changes in forest physiognomies throughout the three distribution areas. We show that the three modern barriers also functioned through the past. Asynchronous patterns of forest physiognomies are linked to an antiphasing pattern of monsoon precipitation between the northern and central area, whereas in the southern area, it is linked to the frequency and intensity of the polar advection in the subtropics. Our results attest to strong climate forcing on forest distribution between the late glacial and the interglacial period. They call into question the common reference to the last glacial maximum as a major (and sometimes as the only) driver of forest‐related vicariance and genetic diversity patterns, but suggest that instead, orbital cycles were the main drivers of the successive expansion/contraction of the Atlantic forest throughout the Quaternary.

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hal-03054369 , version 1 (11-12-2020)

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Marie-Pierre Ledru, Vincent Montade, Grégoire Blanchard, Christelle Hély. Long-term Spatial Changes in the Distribution of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Biotropica, 2016, 48 (2), pp.159-169. ⟨10.1111/btp.12266⟩. ⟨hal-03054369⟩
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