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Liliana M. Dávalos and Amy L. Russell Deglaciation explains bat extinction in the Caribbean Ecology and Evolution 2

Version of Record online: 6 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.399

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Although the causes of Caribbean extinction have been debated for decades, ecological explanations have not been compared to a null model of climate-driven area change, and none of the explanations have been tested quantitatively. Here we show that inferred area loss from rising post-glacial sea level explains most Holocene species losses in the Bahamas and Greater Antilles. Because there were fewer species in the smaller Greater Antilles today than expected given island size and LGM species-area relationships, ecological factors may explain these departures from the null and emphasize the role of the species-area relationship as a null hypothesis in island biogeography.

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