Pattern, process, inference and prediction in extinction biology

Barry W. Brook*, John Alroy

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    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 self-evident phenomenon, but the subject of a dynamic and quantitatively rigorous field of natural science, with practical applications to conservation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number20160828
    Number of pages3
    JournalBiology Letters
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


    • mass extinction
    • biodiversity crisis
    • ecological specialization
    • vulnerability traits
    • global change


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