Evolutionary theory as a tool for predicting extinction risk.

  title={Evolutionary theory as a tool for predicting extinction risk.},
  author={Austin J Gallagher and Neil Hammerschlag and Steven J Cooke and Daniel P Costa and Duncan J. Irschick},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={30 2},
Timely and proactive wildlife conservation requires strategies for determining which species are most at the greatest threat of extinction. Here, we suggest that evolutionary theory, particularly the concept of specialization, can be a useful tool to inform such assessments and may greatly aid in our ability to predict the vulnerabilities of species to anthropogenic impacts. 
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