256 pages, 50 illus
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
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