Paleontological baselines for evaluating extinction risk in the modern oceans

  title={Paleontological baselines for evaluating extinction risk in the modern oceans},
  author={Seth Finnegan and Sean C Anderson and Paul G Harnik and Carl Simpson and Derek P. Tittensor and Jarrett E K Byrnes and Zoe V. Finkel and David R. Lindberg and Lee Hsiang Liow and Rowan Lockwood and Heike K Lotze and Craig R McClain and Jenny L McGuire and aaron o’dea and John M Pandolfi},
Marine taxa are threatened by anthropogenic impacts, but knowledge of their extinction vulnerabilities is limited. The fossil record provides rich information on past extinctions that can help predict biotic responses. We show that over 23 million years, taxonomic membership and geographic range size consistently explain a large proportion of extinction risk variation in six major taxonomic groups. We assess intrinsic risk—extinction risk predicted by paleontologically calibrated models—for… CONTINUE READING
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