News & Views | Published:


Biogeography across the ages

Allowing biogeographical data to evolve at varying rates on a globe, not a plane, reveals new insights into the origin and dispersal of dinosaurs. The method could also be applied to manifold organisms, from humans to influenza viruses.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1.

    O’Donovan, C., Meade, A. & Venditti, C. Nat. Ecol. Evol. (2018).

  2. 2.

    Lemey, P., Rambaut, A., Drummond, A. J. & Suchard, M. A. PLoS Comput. Biol. 5, e1000520 (2009).

  3. 3.

    Grafarend, E. W. & Krumm, F. W. Map Projections: Cartographic Information Systems (Springer, New York, 2006).

  4. 4.

    Bouckaert, R. PeerJ 4, e2406 (2016).

  5. 5.

    Lull, R. S. Am. J. Sci. 29, 1–39 (1910).

  6. 6.

    Nopcsa, B. F. Q. J. Geol. Soc. 90, 76–140 (1934).

  7. 7.

    Sereno, P. C. Science 284, 2137–2147 (1999).

  8. 8.

    Marsicano, C. A., Irmis, R. B., Mancuso, A. C., Mundil, R. & Chemale, F. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 113, 509–513 (2016).

  9. 9.

    Roger, J. Buffon: A Life in Natural History 1st edn (Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, 1997).

  10. 10.

    Darwin, C. The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition Ch 13 (Signet Classics, New York, 2003).

  11. 11.

    Mayr, E. in Evolution as a Process (eds Huxley, J., Hardy, A. C. & Ford, E. B.) 157–180 (Unwin Brothers, London, 1954).

Download references

Author information

Competing interests

The author declares no competing financial interests.

Correspondence to Chris Organ.

Rights and permissions

To obtain permission to re-use content from this article visit RightsLink.

About this article

Fig. 1: Projecting a globe onto a plane distorts the Earth's landmasses, as in this Mercator projection.