The Impact of the Species–Area Relationship on Estimates of Paleodiversity

  title={The Impact of the Species–Area Relationship on Estimates of Paleodiversity},
  author={Anthony D Barnosky and M. L. Arroyo Carrasco and Edward Davis},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  pages={1065 - 1071}
Estimates of paleodiversity patterns through time have relied on datasets that lump taxonomic occurrences from geographic areas of varying size per interval of time. In essence, such estimates assume that the species-area effect, whereby more species are recorded from larger geographic areas, is negligible for fossil data. We tested this assumption by using the newly developed Miocene Mammal Mapping Project database of western North American fossil mammals and its associated analysis tools to… CONTINUE READING
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