On the functional extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Roberts, David L. and Jarić, Ivan and Solow, Andrew R. (2017) On the functional extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Conservation Biology, 31 (5). pp. 1192-1195. ISSN 0888-8892. (In press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12914) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) was a social breeder and it has been suggested that the species experienced functional extinction, defined as a total reproductive failure, prior to its actual extinction in the early years of the 20th century. Here, we apply a novel statistical method to a record of egg specimens and so-called skin specimens to test for functional extinction. The results indicate that the species did not become functionally extinct, suggesting that proposals to reverse its rapid decline in the late 19th century could have been successful.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Management Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 11:04 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 09:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60590 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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