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The isolated island continent of Australia has an exceptionally diverse lizard and snake fauna. However, recent research indicates this fauna is relatively young, and characterised by mass turnover and immigration following major climatic perturbations in the mid-Cenozoic. Photo by Damien Esquerré.

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From 'Phylogenetic evidence for mid-Cenozoic turnover of a diverse continental biota'. Oliver & Hugall, Nature Ecology & Evolution 1; 1896-1902 (2017).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.