Ecological selectivity of the emerging mass extinction in the oceans

@article{Payne2016EcologicalSO,
  title={Ecological selectivity of the emerging mass extinction in the oceans},
  author={Jonathan L. Payne and Andrew M. Bush and Noel A. Heim and Matthew L. Knope and Douglas J. McCauley},
  journal={Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={353},
  pages={1284 - 1286}
}
To better predict the ecological and evolutionary effects of the emerging biodiversity crisis in the modern oceans, we compared the association between extinction threat and ecological traits in modern marine animals to associations observed during past extinction events using a database of 2497 marine vertebrate and mollusc genera. We find that extinction threat in the modern oceans is strongly associated with large body size, whereas past extinction events were either nonselective or… Expand
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