Sunday, August 20, 2006

Dinosaur extinction at peak diversity supports Raup's hypothesis

T-RexBy scientific and blogospheric standards, this item is ancient news. But it remains sufficiently interesting to warrant notice. The spectacular extinction of the dinosaurs at the K-T boundary evidently occurred at peak diversity. This finding supports David Raup's position that extinction is more often a matter of bad luck than of bad genes. It also echoes David Tilman's findings regarding the fleeting nature of dominance in Habitat Destruction and the Extinction Debt.

A version of this item has been cross-posted at BioLaw, a future member of the Jurisdynamics Network currently undergoing beta testing.

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