NewsMeeting Briefs

Biogeographers Take a New View of the Ancient Andes

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  07 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5267, pp. 1420-1421
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5267.1420


Chicago—For years scientists have had only a sketchy view of the Andes, as the lofty peaks defied easy exploration. But recent expeditions have yielded a new view of these mountains, as discussed at a recent interdisciplinary meeting at The Field Museum in Chicago. New data shows surprising geological complexity, and suggest that many of the Andes' unique animals are members of ancient lineages