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Extinction Rates

Edited By: JH Lawton and RM May

256 pages, 50 illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jan 1995 | #38818 | ISBN: 019854829X
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This book provides a data-driven treatment of present and likely future rates of extinction. The authors highlight apparent differences in extinction rates among taxonomic groups and places, aiming to identify unresolved issues and important questions.

"This timely work derives from a 1993 conference that focused on the estimation of extinction rates. The papers are data-driven contributions that focus on all aspects of ongoing extinction rates without ignoring the fossil record. . . .Excellent chapters on how to assess extinction rates, the role of pollinator and disperser failure in plant extinctions, and extinction-rate estimation from molecular phylogenies add much-needed methodological background to the outer chapters. In general, the book is oriented towards a conservation-conscious audience, and it does its job well." --Choice


Preface; 1. Assessing extinction rates; 2. Extinctions in the fossil record; 3. Constancy and change of life in the sea; 4. Insect faunas in ice age environments: why so little extinction?; 5. Bird extinctions in the Central Pacific; 6. Extinctions in Mediterranean areas; 7. Recent past and future extinctions in birds; 8. Rates and patterns of extinction among British invertebrates; 9. Assessing the risk of plant extinction due to pollinator and disperser failure; 10. Population dynamic principles; 11. Estimating extinction from molecular phylogenies; 12. Biological models for monitoring species decline: the construction and use of databases; 13. Classification of species and its role in conservation planning; 14. The scale of the human enterprise and biodiversity loss; Author index; Subject index

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