Extinction: past and present

  title={Extinction: past and present},
  author={David Jablonski},
  • D. Jablonski
  • Published 12 February 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • 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.
What Is Natural? The Need for a Long-Term Perspective in Biodiversity Conservation
Recent studies that show how paleoecological records can be used to provide a longer temporal perspective to address specific conservation issues relating to biological invasions, wildfires, climate change, and determination of natural variability are summarized.
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
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
  • Biology, Medicine
    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
  • Biology, Medicine
    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.