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Estimating times of extinction in the fossil record.
Biol Lett. 2016 Apr; 12(4)BL

Abstract

Because the fossil record is incomplete, the last fossil of a taxon is a biased estimate of its true time of extinction. Numerous methods have been developed in the palaeontology literature for estimating the true time of extinction using ages of fossil specimens. These methods, which typically give a confidence interval for estimating the true time of extinction, differ in the assumptions they make and the nature and amount of data they require. We review the literature on such methods and make some recommendations for future directions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081, USA scwang@swarthmore.edu.Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27122005

Citation

Wang, Steve C., and Charles R. Marshall. "Estimating Times of Extinction in the Fossil Record." Biology Letters, vol. 12, no. 4, 2016.
Wang SC, Marshall CR. Estimating times of extinction in the fossil record. Biol Lett. 2016;12(4).
Wang, S. C., & Marshall, C. R. (2016). Estimating times of extinction in the fossil record. Biology Letters, 12(4). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0989
Wang SC, Marshall CR. Estimating Times of Extinction in the Fossil Record. Biol Lett. 2016;12(4) PubMed PMID: 27122005.
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