The present, past and future of human-caused extinctions.

  title={The present, past and future of human-caused extinctions.},
  author={Jared M. Diamond},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={325 1228},
  pages={469-76; discussion 476-7}
  • Jared M. Diamond
  • Published 1989 in
    Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society…
This paper re-evaluates whether we are really at the start of a mass extinction caused by humans. I consider the present, past and future of human-caused extinctions. As regards the present, estimates of extinction rates based on Red Data Books underestimate real values by a large factor, because the books evaluate only those species that have attracted specific attention and searches. Especially in tropical areas with few resident biologists, many poorly known species go extinct without having… CONTINUE READING
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