The Pliocene marine megafauna extinction and its impact on functional diversity

  title={The Pliocene marine megafauna extinction and its impact on functional diversity},
  author={C. Pimiento and J. N. Griffin and C. Clements and D. Silvestro and Sara Varela and M. Uhen and C. Jaramillo},
  journal={Nature Ecology & Evolution},
  • C. Pimiento, J. N. Griffin, +4 authors C. Jaramillo
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • The end of the Pliocene marked the beginning of a period of great climatic variability and sea-level oscillations. [...] Key Result Seven (14%) coastal functional entities (unique trait combinations) disappeared, along with 17% of functional richness (volume of the functional space). The origination of new genera during the Pleistocene created new functional entities and contributed to a functional shift of 21%, but minimally compensated for the functional space lost. Reconstructions show that from the late…Expand Abstract
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