Comment on "Eocene Fagaceae from Patagonia and Gondwanan legacy in Asian rainforests".
Wilf et al (Research Articles, 7 June 2019, eaaw5139) claim that Castanopsis evolved in the Southern Hemisphere from where it spread to its modern distribution in Southeast Asia. However, extensive paleobotanical records of Antarctica and Australia lack evidence of any Fagaceae, and molecular patterns indicate shared biogeographic histories of Castanopsis, Castanea, Lithocarpus, and Quercus subgenus Cerris, making the southern route unlikely.
Denk, T; Hill, RS; Simeone, MC; Cannon, C; Dettmann, ME; Manos, PS
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