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Peter Mayhew is a British biologist at the University of York in the United Kingdom. He is the lead author of a study showing a long-term association between global temperature and biodiversity, origination, and extinction in the fossil record.[1] This study demonstrated that biodiversity tends to be relatively low during greenhouse phases in Earth history and that extinction rates (including mass extinctions) tend to be higher.[2] On the basis of this work he was nominated as one of the "Great Britons of 2007".[3] He is also author of a textbook on evolutionary ecology.[4]

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  1. ^ Mayhew, P. J.; Jenkins, G. B.; Benton, T. M. (7 January 2008). "A long term association between global temperature and biodiversity, origination and extinction in the fossil record". Proceedings of the Royal Society B. London: Royal Society. 275 (1630): 47–53. doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.1302. PMC 2562410. PMID 17956842.
  2. ^ Borenstein, Seth (24 October 2007). "Warmer seas spark extinction worries". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Great Britons". Retrieved 1 January 2007.
  4. ^ Mayhew, Peter J (2006). Discovering Evolutionary Ecology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-857060-8. OCLC: 62133413 .