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Historical Overfishing and the Recent Collapse of Coastal Ecosystems
Ecological extinction caused by overfishing precedes all other pervasive human disturbance to coastal ecosystems, including pollution, degradation of water quality, and anthropogenic climate change.Expand
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Depletion, Degradation, and Recovery Potential of Estuaries and Coastal Seas
Estuarine and coastal transformation is as old as civilization yet has dramatically accelerated over the past 150 to 300 years. Reconstructed time lines, causes, and consequences of change in 12 onceExpand
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Lower Miocene Stratigraphy along the Panama Canal and Its Bearing on the Central American Peninsula
Before the formation of the Central American Isthmus, there was a Central American Peninsula. Here we show that southern Central America existed as a peninsula as early as 19 Ma, based on newExpand
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Fishing down the coast: historical expansion and collapse of oyster fisheries along continental margins.
  • M. X. Kirby
  • Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 31 August 2004
Estuarine ecosystems have changed dramatically from centuries of fishing, habitat disturbance, sedimentation, and nutrient loading. Degradation of oyster reefs by destructive fishing practices inExpand
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Stable isotope sclerochronology of Pleistocene and Recent oyster shells (Crassostrea virginica)
Sclerochronology, the study of periodic increments in skeletal organisms, can decipher the life history and environmental records preserved in fossil shells. Two powerful tools used inExpand
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Was southern Central America an archipelago or a peninsula in the middle Miocene? A test using land-mammal body size
There has been considerable discussion about the complex geological history of southern Central America in the late Cenozoic prior to the closing of the Isthmus of Panama during the Pliocene. It isExpand
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Paleoecological Differences Between Tertiary and Quaternary Crassostrea Oysters, as Revealed by Stable Isotope Sclerochronology
Abstract Tertiary Crassostrea oysters grew large and thick shells, whereas their descendants, living Crassostrea, grow comparatively smaller and thinner shells. To test for ecological differencesExpand
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Response of a benthic suspension feeder (Crassostrea virginica Gmelin) to three centuries of anthropogenic eutrophication in Chesapeake Bay
Biogenic reefs built by oysters and other suspension feeders are vital components of estuarine ecosystems. By consuming phytoplankton, suspension feeders act to suppress accumulation of organicExpand
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Extinct Peccary “Cynorca” Occidentale (Tayassuidae, Tayassuinae) from the Miocene of Panama and Correlations to North America
Abstract Recently collected specimens of the extinct tayassuine peccary “Cynorca” occidentale (and another indeterminant tayassuid) are described from new excavations along the southern reaches ofExpand
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Abstract Caribbean reefs underwent significant biotic change during the Late Oligocene and Early Miocene. This was a critical time in the evolution of the modern Caribbean fauna characterized byExpand
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