Extinction: past and present

  title={Extinction: past and present},
  author={David Jablonski},
  • D. Jablonski
  • Published 12 February 2004
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Nature
The fossil record, together with modern data, can provide a deeper understanding of biological extinction and its consequences. 

Potential suitable areas of giant ground sloths dropped before its extinction in South America: the evidences from bioclimatic envelope modeling

Here we analyze the effects that climatic changes through last ice age had on the potential distributions and extinction risk dynamics of two extinct species of South American giant ground sloths,

Fire and fragmentation interactions: effects on reptiles and small mammals in modified semi-arid landscapes

Fire and habitat fragmentation are both threatening processes affecting the global loss of biodiversity. There is potential for these two processes to interact to accelerate species loss from

Environmental controls on Jurassic marine ecosystems during global warming

The fossil record has the potential to provide valuable insights into species response to past climate change if paleontological data are combined with appropriate proxies of environmental change.

Thinking about the Biodiversity Loss in This Changing World

Extinction of species has been a recurrent phenomenon in the history of our planet, but it was generally outweighed in the course of quite a long geological time by the appearance of new species,

Speciation extinction dynamics and the topography of diversity on Indo-West Pacific coral reefs

Profiles of diversity for reef mantis shrimps (Stomatopoda, Crustacea) demonstrate both latitudinal and longitudinal gradients across the Indo-West Pacific (IWP). The diversity summit in the

Extinciones en el mar: mitos y realidades

SUMMARY It is a fact that humans have caused several extinctions, particularly in the terrestrial realm. In the marine realm, however, assessing the complete disappearance of a species from the face

Integrating deep-time palaeontology in conservation prioritisation

Halting biodiversity loss under growing anthropogenic pressure is arguably the greatest environmental challenge we face. Given that not all species are equally threatened and that resources are

Genomic Signature of an Avian Lilliput Effect across the K‐Pg Extinction

Abstract. Survivorship following major mass extinctions may be associated with a decrease in body size—a phenomenon called the Lilliput Effect. Body size is a strong predictor of many life history

Correction for Willis et al., How can a knowledge of the past help to conserve the future? Biodiversity conservation and the relevance of long-term ecological studies

The dates of the textual citations and the entries in the reference list for the following references should have been 2007 but were incorrectly given as 2006.



Lessons from the past: Biotic recoveries from mass extinctions

  • D. Erwin
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2001
Empirical studies reveal a more complex dynamic, including positive feedback and an exponential growth phase during recoveries, which is far from a model of refilling ecospace, which must be rebuilt during recovery.

Lessons from the past: Evolutionary impacts of mass extinctions

  • D. Jablonski
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2001
Predictive purposes will involve factors such as differential extinction intensities among regions, clades, and functional groups, rules governing postextinction biotic interchanges and evolutionary dynamics, and analyses of the factors that cause taxa and evolutionary trends to continue unabated.