Herbivore size matters for productivity‐richness relationships in African savannas: Commentary on Burkepile et al. (2017)

  title={Herbivore size matters for productivity‐richness relationships in African savannas: Commentary on Burkepile et al. (2017)},
  author={Elisabeth S. Bakker},
  journal={Journal of Ecology},
  • E. S. Bakker
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Ecology
Since the Late Pleistocene, human impact has increasingly resulted in defaunation, or human-caused animal loss, leading to largely impoverished vertebrate communities (Dirzo et al. 2014; McCauley et al. 2015). These extinctions are not random, but are strongly size-selective with large animals going first. This trend is continuing, with native large herbivores being currently increasingly threatened around the globe (Ripple et al. 2015). As a consequence, native herbivore communities both lose… 



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