Extinction Rates

Paperback | January 1, 1995

EditorJohn H. Lawton, Robert M. May

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This useful new book answers the need for data-driven estimates of recent (1600 onwards) extinction rates as a basis for more accurate projections of extinction rates for the centuries to come. This book provides a more wide-ranging and data-driven treatment of present and likely future ratesof extinction than any text currently available. It is directed broadly at senior undergraduates, postgraduate students and research workers in the fields of ecology, conservation biology and the environmental sciences. The authors highlight apparent differences in extinction rates among taxonomicgroups and places, aiming to identify unresolved issues and important questions.

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This useful new book answers the need for data-driven estimates of recent (1600 onwards) extinction rates as a basis for more accurate projections of extinction rates for the centuries to come. This book provides a more wide-ranging and data-driven treatment of present and likely future ratesof extinction than any text currently availa...

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There is increasing need for good estimates of impending rates of extinction of plant and animal species, based on an understanding of extinction rates in the recent and far past, and on the underlying ecological and evolutionary causes. This book provides a more wide-ranging and data-driven treatment of current and likely future extin...

John H. Lawton is at Imperial College. Robert M. May is at Oxford University and Imperial College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019854829X

ISBN - 13:9780198548294

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Assessing extinction rates2. Extinctions in the fossil record3. Constancy and change of life in the sea4. Insect faunas in ice age environments: why so little extinction?5. Bird extinctions in the Central Pacific6. Extinctions in Mediterranean areas7. Recent past and future extinctions in birds8. Rates and patterns of extinction among British invertebrates9. Assessing the risk of plant extinction due to pollinator and disperser failure10. Population dynamic principles11. Estimating extinction from molecular phylogenies12. Biological models for monitoring species decline: the construction and use of databases13. Classification of species and its role in conservation planning14. The scale of the human enterprise and biodiversity lossAuthor indexSubject index

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`I would strongly recommend Extinction Rates to all those listed as being the target audience on the back cover (senior undergraduates, postgraduate students, and research workers in the general fields of ecology, conservation biology and the environmental sciences). It would make an extremelygood basis for a final year undergraduate course, or for a graduate school discussion class. I suspect that a wider audience would also gain from reading it.'Chris D. Thomas, Journal of Animal Ecology, 65, 1996