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Collapse of the world’s largest herbivores

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, May 2015
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Mentioned by

news
55 news outlets
blogs
8 blogs
policy
1 policy source
twitter
248 tweeters
facebook
5 Facebook pages
wikipedia
2 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
6 Google+ users
video
1 video uploader

Citations

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545 Dimensions

Readers on

mendeley
1347 Mendeley
citeulike
2 CiteULike
Title
Collapse of the world’s largest herbivores
Published in
Science Advances, May 2015
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1400103
Pubmed ID
Authors

William J. Ripple, Thomas M. Newsome, Christopher Wolf, Rodolfo Dirzo, Kristoffer T. Everatt, Mauro Galetti, Matt W. Hayward, Graham I. H. Kerley, Taal Levi, Peter A. Lindsey, David W. Macdonald, Yadvinder Malhi, Luke E. Painter, Christopher J. Sandom, John Terborgh, Blaire Van Valkenburgh

Abstract

Large wild herbivores are crucial to ecosystems and human societies. We highlight the 74 largest terrestrial herbivore species on Earth (body mass ≥100 kg), the threats they face, their important and often overlooked ecosystem effects, and the conservation efforts needed to save them and their predators from extinction. Large herbivores are generally facing dramatic population declines and range contractions, such that ~60% are threatened with extinction. Nearly all threatened species are in developing countries, where major threats include hunting, land-use change, and resource depression by livestock. Loss of large herbivores can have cascading effects on other species including large carnivores, scavengers, mesoherbivores, small mammals, and ecological processes involving vegetation, hydrology, nutrient cycling, and fire regimes. The rate of large herbivore decline suggests that ever-larger swaths of the world will soon lack many of the vital ecological services these animals provide, resulting in enormous ecological and social costs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 15 1%
Brazil 14 1%
United Kingdom 9 <1%
South Africa 4 <1%
Italy 3 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Denmark 2 <1%
France 1 <1%
Other 14 1%
Unknown 1281 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 229 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 227 17%
Researcher 214 16%
Student > Bachelor 180 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 68 5%
Other 228 17%
Unknown 201 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 550 41%
Environmental Science 378 28%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 43 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 26 2%
Social Sciences 16 1%
Other 78 6%
Unknown 256 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 706. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 May 2022.
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#20,524
of 21,288,845 outputs
Outputs from Science Advances
#265
of 8,491 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#203
of 244,487 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science Advances
#3
of 56 outputs
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