Jens - Christian Svenning

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Primates are unique among eutherian mammals for possessing three types of retinal cone. Curiously, catarrhines, platyrrhines, and strepsirhines share this anatomy to different extents, and no hypothesis has hitherto accounted for this variability. Here we propose that the historical biogeography of figs and arborescent palms accounts for the global(More)
The ecological mechanisms hypothesized to structure species-rich communities range from strict local determinism to neutral ecological drift. We assessed the degree of ecological determinism in tropical plant community structure by analyses of published demographic data; a broad range of spatial, historical, and environmental variables; and the(More)
is special in two regards. First, it uses ultrafast laser pulses that are spectrally broad enough to excite all the relevant vibrational levels. Second, the spectrum is shaped to eliminate all frequencies that would excite from v = 0. As a result, molecules are trapped in v = 0, so after many incoherent cycles of excitation and decay, they accumulate in(More)
Dobrynin et al. (Genome Biol 16:277, 2015) recently published the complete genome of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) and provided an exhaustive set of analyses supporting the famously low genetic variation in the species, known for several decades. Their genetic analyses represent state-of-the-art and we do not criticize them. However, their interpretation(More)
18 Aim: To assess the extent to which humans have reshaped Earth’s biodiversity, by 19 estimating natural ranges of all late Quaternary mammalian species, and to compare 20 diversity patterns based on these with diversity patterns based on current distributions. 21 Location: Globally 22 Methods: We estimated species, functional and phylogenetic diversity(More)
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