A comparison of current and reconstructed historic geographic range sizes as predictors of extinction risk in Australian mammals
Comparative studies of extinction risk in vertebrate taxa often find that a small geographic range size is the strongest predictor of a high rate of species decline. This suggests that narrowly distributed species are more vulnerable to human impacts, which may have implications for the predictive use of comparative extinction-risk models in conservation planning. However, this association is potentially circular because many species that have suffered substantial declines now have small...[Show more]
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