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Wallace's century-old map of natural world updated

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This new global map shows the division of nature into 11 large biogeographic realms and shows how these areas relate to each other. Credit: University of Copenhagen.
Until today, Alfred Russell Wallace's century old map from 1876 has been the backbone for our understanding of global biodiversity. Thanks to advances in modern technology and data on more than 20,000 species, scientists from University of Copenhagen have now produced a next generation map depicting the organisation of life on Earth. Published online in Science Express today, the new map provides fundamental information regarding the diversity of life on our planet and is of major significance for future biodiversity research.

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