Historical data as a baseline for conservation: reconstructing long-term faunal extinction dynamics in Late Imperial–modern China

@inproceedings{Turvey2015HistoricalDA,
  title={Historical data as a baseline for conservation: reconstructing long-term faunal extinction dynamics in Late Imperial–modern China},
  author={Samuel T Turvey and Jennifer J. Crees and Martina M. I. Di Fonzo},
  booktitle={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2015}
}
Extinction events typically represent extended processes of decline that cannot be reconstructed using short-term studies. Long-term archives are necessary to determine past baselines and the extent of human-caused biodiversity change, but the capacity of historical datasets to provide predictive power for conservation must be assessed within a robust analytical framework. Local Chinese gazetteers represent a more than 400-year country-level dataset containing abundant information on past… CONTINUE READING
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