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Frugivore-fruit size relationships between palms and mammals reveal past and future defaunation impacts
Mammalian frugivores are critical seed dispersers, but many are under threat of extinction. Futhermore, the impact of past and future defaunation on plant assemblages has yet to be quantified at the global scale. Here, we integrate palm and mammalian frugivore trait and occurrence data and reveal a global positive relationship between fruit size and frugivore body size. Global variation in fruit size is better explained by present-day frugivore assemblages than by Late Pleistocene assemblages,doi:10.1038/s41467-020-18530-5 pmid:32994391 fatcat:5adjbezn2fhsvnuy2qyhquigwu