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The European palaeoecological record of Swedish red-listed beetles

Pilotto, Francesca and Dynesius, Mats and Lemdahl, Geoffrey and Buckland, Paul C. and Buckland, Philip I. (2021). The European palaeoecological record of Swedish red-listed beetles. Biological Conservation. 260 , 109203
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Abstract

Recent global changes have triggered a biodiversity crisis. However, climate fluctuations have always influenced biodiversity and humans have affected species distributions since prehistoric times. Conservation palaeobiology is a developing field that aims to understand the long-term dynamics of such interactions by studying the geohistorical records in a conservation perspective. Case studies exist for vertebrates and plants, but insects have largely been overlooked so far. Here, we analysed the current red-listed beetle species (Coleoptera) in Sweden and investigated their occurrence and representation in the European Quaternary fossil record. Fossil data currently exist for one third of the Swedish red-listed beetle species. All the red-list conservation classes are represented in the fossil record, which may allow for comparative studies. We found significantly different representations in the fossil records among taxonomic groups and ecological traits, which may depend on the fossil depositional and sampling environments and variation in how difficult species are to identify. Species that are today associated with modern urban environments were mostly found in Quaternary sites with archaeological human settlements, reflecting early human-driven environmental change. Combining modern and fossil insect species data for biodiversity conservation needs to be undertaken with care, and attention paid to biases in both modern and palaeo-data. Nevertheless, this approach opens new opportunities for conservation biology by providing a millennial-scale perspective on biodiversity change, including consideration of the long-term dynamics of species range shifts, species invasions and regional extinctions under changing climates.

Authors/Creators:Pilotto, Francesca and Dynesius, Mats and Lemdahl, Geoffrey and Buckland, Paul C. and Buckland, Philip I.
Title:The European palaeoecological record of Swedish red-listed beetles
Series Name/Journal:Biological Conservation
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:260
Article number:109203
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:ELSEVIER SCI LTD
ISSN:0006-3207
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Zoology
Keywords:Coleoptera, Conservation palaeobiology, Environmental archaeology, Palaeoentomology, Threatened species
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113256
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113256
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DOI10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109203
Web of Science (WoS)000679541200002
ID Code:25150
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:02 Sep 2021 09:25
Metadata Last Modified:02 Sep 2021 09:31

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