Quaternary beetles : a review and issues for Australian studies

Porch, Nick and Elias, Scott 2000, Quaternary beetles : a review and issues for Australian studies, Australian journal of entomology, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 1-9.

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Title Quaternary beetles : a review and issues for Australian studies
Author(s) Porch, Nick
Elias, Scott
Journal name Australian journal of entomology
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2000-02
ISSN 1326-6756
1440-6055
Keyword(s) biogeography
Coleoptera
palaeoclimates
palaeoecology
Pleistocene
species constancy
Summary Few Australian entomologists, ecologists, biogeographers or Quaternary researchers are familiar with the details of Quaternary beetle research. Since the 1950s the study of fossil beetles has developed to become an important discipline of the Quaternary sciences. Unfortunately, however, the significance of the discipline for ecological and evolutionary research has been slow to penetrate mainstream entomological, ecological, and evolutionary thought. This paper outlines the history, methods and results of Quaternary beetle studies, based primarily upon research from the well-studied Northern Hemisphere, and then examines issues relevant to Australian research. Analysis of Quaternary beetle assemblages from Australia can contribute to the reconstruction of past environments and climates, in particular quantitative estimation of past temperature regimes, and potentially, effective precipitation. Of more significance to entomology, however, is the potential to reconstruct climatically-induced changes in distribution, essential for understanding the Quaternary biogeographic history of Australia's insect fauna. Furthermore, it will be possible to examine evidence, or the lack thereof, for speciation during the Quaternary, in the context of Quaternary environmental change.
Language eng
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
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