Definition of vicariance in English:

vicariance

Line breaks: vic¦ari|ance
Pronunciation: /vɪˈkɛːrɪəns
 
, vʌɪ-/

noun

[mass noun] Biology
  • The geographical separation of a population, typically by a physical barrier such as a mountain range or river, resulting in a pair of closely related species.
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    • The biogeographic patterns of vicariance and range expansion may also provide insight to the mechanics of this extinction event.
    • Phylogenetic biogeography resolved patterns of both vicariance and geodispersal and revealed that range expansions were more abundant than range contractions in Devonian phyllocarids.
    • It also can be used to identify both episodes of vicariance and congruent range expansion (geo-dispersal) that allow biogeographic patterns to be considered in the context of tectonic and climatic change.

Origin

1950s: from Latin vicarius 'substitute' + -ance.

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