Age Estimates for Some Subterranean Taxa and Lineages in the Dinaric Karst

  • Peter Trontelj Oddelek za biologijo, Biotehniška fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana
  • Špela Gorički Oddelek za biologijo, Biotehniška fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana
  • Slavko Polak Notranjski muzej Postojna, Ljubljanska 10, 6230 Postojna
  • Rudi Verovnik Oddelek za biologijo, Biotehniška fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana
  • Valerija Zakšek Oddelek za biologijo, Biotehniška fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana
  • Boris Sket Oddelek za biologijo, Biotehniška fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani, Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana

Abstract

Using a comparative phylogeographic approach and different independent molecular clocks we propose a timescale for the evolution of troglobionts in the Dinaric Karst that is relatively consistent over a wide taxonomic range. Keystone events seem to belong to two age classes. (1) Major splits within holodinaric taxa are from the mid-Miocene. They present the potential upper limit for the age of cave invasions. (2) Regional differentiation, including speciation, which can at least in part be associated with a subterranean phase, took place from early Pliocene to mid-Pleistocene. We suggest two to five million years as the time when most of the analyzed lineages started invading the Dinaric Karst underground.

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Published
2007-04-01
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Trontelj P, Gorički Špela, Polak S, Verovnik R, Zakšek V, Sket B. Age Estimates for Some Subterranean Taxa and Lineages in the Dinaric Karst. AC [Internet]. 2007Apr.1 [cited 2020May27];36(1). Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/carsologica/article/view/220
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