A continent-wide assessment of the form and intensity of large mammal herbivory in Africa




Megafaunal extinctions and a lack of suitable remote sensing technology impede our understanding of both the ecological legacy and current impacts of large mammal herbivores in the Earth system. To address this, we reconstructed the form and intensity of herbivory pressure across sub-Saharan Africa ~1000 years ago. Specifically, we modeled and mapped species-level biomass for 92 large mammal herbivores using census data, species distributions, and environmental covariates. Trait-based classifications of these species into herbivore functional types, and analyses of their biomass surfaces, reveal four ecologically distinct continental-scale herbivory regimes, characterized by internally similar forms and intensities of herbivory pressure.


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- Inglês


- Nenhuma restrição


- Biodiversidade Florestal;
- Outra biodiversidade terrestre


- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias


- Diversidade biológica e cultural


- Nenhuma / Não aplicável



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