The high fidelity of the cetacean stranding record: insights into measuring diversity by integrating taphonomy and macroecology.

@article{Pyenson2011TheHF,
  title={The high fidelity of the cetacean stranding record: insights into measuring diversity by integrating taphonomy and macroecology.},
  author={Nicholas D Pyenson},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={278 1724},
  pages={3608-16}
}
Stranded cetaceans have long intrigued naturalists because their causation has escaped singular explanations. Regardless of cause, strandings also represent a sample of the living community, although their fidelity has rarely been quantified. Using commensurate stranding and sighting records compiled from archived datasets representing nearly every major ocean basin, I demonstrated that the cetacean stranding record faithfully reflects patterns of richness and relative abundance in living… CONTINUE READING
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