Defaunation in the Anthropocene

  title={Defaunation in the Anthropocene},
  author={R. Dirzo and H. Young and M. Galetti and G. Ceballos and N. Isaac and B. Collen},
  pages={401 - 406}
  • R. Dirzo, H. Young, +3 authors B. Collen
  • Published 2014
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Science
  • We live amid a global wave of anthropogenically driven biodiversity loss: species and population extirpations and, critically, declines in local species abundance. Particularly, human impacts on animal biodiversity are an under-recognized form of global environmental change. Among terrestrial vertebrates, 322 species have become extinct since 1500, and populations of the remaining species show 25% average decline in abundance. Invertebrate patterns are equally dire: 67% of monitored populations… CONTINUE READING

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