Conservation paleobiology: Putting the dead to work

Gregory P. Dietl, Karl Flessa

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Abstract

Geohistorical data and analyses are playing an increasingly important role in conservation biology practice and policy. In this review, we discuss examples of how the near-time and deep-time fossil record can be used to understand the ecological and evolutionary responses of species to changes in their environment. We show that beyond providing crucial baseline data, the conservation paleobiology perspective helps us to identify which species will be most vulnerable and what kinds of responses will be most common. We stress that inclusion of geohistorical data in our decision-making process provides a more scientifically robust basis for conservation policies than those dependent on short-term observations alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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Conservation paleobiology : Putting the dead to work. / Dietl, Gregory P.; Flessa, Karl.

In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 30-37.

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