As prehistoric cave paintings illustrate, our species has had an enduring appreciation of the variety and abundance of life on Earth. Today, however, concern is focused on the pressure humanity is placing on the natural world, and on the continued ability of ecosystems to deliver the services on which we all depend. To understand the extent of this ′biodiversity crisis′ and develop strategies to ameliorate its impact, it is essential to be able to accurately measure biol. diversity (a term often contracted to biodiversity) and make informed predictions about how and why this diversity varies over space and time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R1174-R1177
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number19
Early online date12 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2021


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