CREO - IBOY Book Project
A proposal by CREO and Systematics Agenda 2000 International to produce a new survey of recently extinct species has been accepted as part of DIVERSITAS 2001 program: International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY).
We have proposed the production of a book that will include comprehensive inventories of recent extinctions. This volume will present extinction data that have been reviewed critically according to a CREO-developed extinction criteria. It will therefore be the most comprehensive and reliable reference book available on recent extinctions.
This volume will provide a listing of recently extinct species for as many different taxonomic groups as can be extensively surveyed within the next year; subsequent editions will be increasingly comprehensive as more survey work is completed. Vertebrate groups will be covered completely in the CREO-IBOY publication. Extinctions in some plant and invertebrate groups are difficult to document, therefore we will focus on those groups for which extinctions data can be realistically assimilated and assessed.
All information included in this volume will be assimilated and peer reviewed by specialists on CREO Advisory Panels, ensuring that this new survey will be the most comprehensive and reliable summary of data on recent extinctions.
As currently planned, this publication will be divided into six main sections:
This section will include the following information:
--credits, including names and institutional affiliations of contributing specialists and collaborating conservation organizations
This section is to be the main part of the publication. Data will be collected and evaluated according to the criteria that we have developed, and species will be organized into categories according to criteria met. Species placed in the "Resolved" and Unresolved" categories will be secondarily grouped according to taxonomic classification (phylum,class, order, family, genus, etc.). The following data fields will be provided for each species listed, along with citations to all relevant sources of data (author or information source, and date of publication):
--species' taxonomic information
This section will include graphics (tables, graphs, and maps) that are based on the data provided in Part 2 of the book. These graphs will depict trends in the survey data, and will include a discussion about the level of confidence we can have in the accuracy of these depicted trends. Graphics to be depicted include:
--taxonomic distributions of extinctions (arranged hierarchically: kingdom; phylum; class; order; family)
This section will consist of short essays describing extinction trends for the taxonomic groups included in Section 2 of the book. Each essay will include information about:
--size of the taxonomic group, including numbers and distribution of extinctions
All publications or other sources of information cited in sections 1-3 will be included in this section.
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