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After the End: Recovery from Extinction

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Science  27 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5355, pp. 1324-1325
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5355.1324

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Mass extinctions of many plants and animals were a regular part of prehistory. How the ecosystems of Earth recovered from these disasters is just beginning to be understood (see report on p. 1327 by Jablonski et al.), but may teach valuable lessons for the preservation of our present biodiversity, as Erwin explains in a commentary in this issue.