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Christopher W. Dick, Simon L. Lewis, Mark Maslin and Eldredge Bermingham Neogene origins and implied warmth tolerance of Amazon tree species Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 26 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.441

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Our study provides evidence that widespread Amazon tree species originated in Neogene time frames, in which atmospheric warmth was similar to conditions expected in 2100 under IPCC projections. This implies a broader thermal tolerance of lowland tropical trees than is assumed by models that predict large-scale Amazon forest dieback.

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