Extinctions in Near Time: Causes, Contexts, and Consequences / Edition 1by Ross D.E. MacPhee
Pub. Date: 06/28/1999
Publisher: Springer US
This book examines an important and growing issue among ecologists, conservation biologists and archaeologists, namely the recent extinction of species, and particularly the losses thought to have been caused by humans in over the past 40,000 years when Homo sapiens spread worldwide. There is an exemplary list of leading figures in this debate, and the book should have an impact on current conservation issues and biodiversity.
Table of Contents
1 • Cretaceous Meteor Showers, the Human Ecological “Niche,” and the Sixth Extinction.- 2 • Prehistoric Extinctions on Islands and Continents.- 3 • The Interaction of Humans, Megaherbivores, and Habitats in the Late Pleisene Extinction Event.- 4 • The Power of Pleisene Hunter-Gatherers: Forward and Backward Searching for Evidence about Mammoth Extinction.- 5 • A Comparison of Methods for the Probabilistic Determination of Vertebrate Extinction Chronologies.- 6 • Putting North America’s End-Pleisene Megafaunal Extinction in Context: Large-Scale Analyses of Spatial Patterns, Extinction Rates, and Size Distributions.- 7 • Rates, Patterns, and Processes of Landscape Transformation and Extinction in Madagascar.- 8 • Extinctions and Local Disappearances of Vertebrates in the Western Mediterranean Islands.- 9 • Introduced Predators and Avifaunal Extinction in New Zealand.- 10 • Late Quaternary Extinctions in Australasia: An Overview.- 11 • Late Pleisene Megafaunal Extinctions: A European Perspective.- 12 • The Quiet Crisis: A Preliminary Listing of the Freshwater Fishes of the World that Are Extinct or “Missing in Action”.- 13 • Requiem Æternam: The Last Five Hundred Years of Mammalian Species Extinctions.- Systematic Index.- General Index.
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