- the study of the geographical distribution of living things.
Origin of biogeography
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for biogeography
Bird watching triggered his lifelong pursuits of evolution and biogeography, as well as conservation.Jared Diamond Talks About His New Book for Young Readers
April 12, 2014
- the branch of biology concerned with the geographical distribution of plants and animals
Word Origin and History for biogeography
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The scientific study of the geographic distribution of plant and animal life. Factors affecting distribution include the geologic history of a region, its climate and soil composition, and the presence or absence of natural barriers like deserts, oceans, and mountains. Biotic factors such as interactions among competing species, coevolutionary influences, and the reproductive and nutritional requirements of populations and species are also studied.♦ A biogeographic region is a large, generally continuous division of the Earth's surface having a distinctive biotic community. Biogeographic regions are usually defined separately for floral and faunal communities and are largely restricted to the terrestrial areas of the Earth.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.