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dc.contributor.author Davis, Matt
dc.coverage.spatial North America
dc.coverage.temporal Pleistocene
dc.coverage.temporal Holocene
dc.coverage.temporal Rancholabrean
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-11T13:18:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-11T13:18:25Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-11
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.1bj88.2
dc.identifier.citation Davis M (2017) What North America’s skeleton crew of megafauna tells us about community disassembly. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284(1846): 20162116.
dc.identifier.issn 0962-8452
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.131475
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.135184
dc.description Functional trait diversity is increasingly used to model future changes in community structure despite a poor understanding of community disassembly's effects on functional diversity. By tracking the functional diversity of the North American large mammal fauna through the End-Pleistocene megafaunal extinction and up to the present, I show that contrary to expectations, functionally unique species are no more likely to go extinct than functionally redundant species. This makes total functional richness loss no worse than expected given similar taxonomic richness declines. However, where current species sit in functional space relative to pre-anthropogenic baselines is not random and likely explains ecosystem functional changes better than total functional richness declines. Prehistoric extinctions have left many extant species functionally isolated and future extinctions will cause even more rapid drops in functional richness.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.1bj88.2/1.2
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.1bj88.2/2.2
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.1bj88.2/3.2
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.1bj88.2/4.2
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2116
dc.subject functional diversity
dc.subject Rancholabrean
dc.subject community disassembly
dc.subject extinction
dc.subject megafauna
dc.subject Pleistocene
dc.title Data from: What North America’s skeleton crew of megafauna tells us about community disassembly
dc.type Article
dwc.ScientificName Mammalia
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Davis, Matt
prism.publicationName Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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Description Functional data for small, extinct North American mammals used in the analysis simulating total mammal functional diversity.
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Description The folder contains all the R script files and data used in the paper. Two datasets are trimmed .csv versions of Table S1 and S3 and the third is functional data for North American mammals from the EltonTraits 1.0 database. Wilman, H., Belmaker, J., Simpson, J., la Rosa, de, C., Rivadeneira, M. M., & Jetz, W. (2014). EltonTraits 1.0: species-level foraging attributes of the world’s birds and mammals. Ecology, 95(7), 2027. To recreate all analyses and figures used in the paper, open the script “Davis Disassembly Main Code Open First.R”, highlight all the text and click run. Make sure that all the script files and data .csv files are in the same folder and that that folder is set as your working directory.
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Description Supplementary methods, results, figures, and tables for the analysis.
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