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Pattern, process, inference and prediction in extinction biology

Brook, BW ORCID: 0000-0002-2491-1517 and Alroy, J 2017 , 'Pattern, process, inference and prediction in extinction biology' , Biology letters, vol. 13, no. 1 , pp. 1-3 , doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0828.

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Abstract

Extinction is a key feature of the evolutionary history of life, and assessments of extinction risk are essential for the effective protection of biodiversity. The goal in assembling this special issue of Biology Letters was to highlight problems and questions at the research frontier of extinction biology, with an emphasis on recent developments in the methodology of inferring the patterns and processes of extinction from a background of often noisy and sparse data. In selecting topics, we sought to illustrate how extinction is not simply a selfevident phenomenon, but the subject of a dynamic and quantitatively rigorous field of natural science, with practical applications to conservation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Brook, BW and Alroy, J
Keywords: mass extinction, biodiversity crisis, ecological specialisation, vulnerability traits, global change
Journal or Publication Title: Biology letters
Publisher: Royal Society Publishing
ISSN: 1744-9561
DOI / ID Number: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0828
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