Following publication of the article ‘Predation selectively culls medium-sized species from island mammal faunas’ in Biology Letters (Biol. Lett. 10, 20131066, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.1066), the publisher was made aware of errors in the database. The authors constructed a new database that corrected all of the known errors, removed records from an unpublished Northern Territory Government source, and added a number of new records from the literature. The new database, with a full description of its construction, will be published in a forthcoming correction article in Global Ecology and Biogeography. On repeating the analyses using the new data, a new conclusion was reached that indicates island extinction patterns are more biased towards larger sizes, rather than intermediate sizes. Given that the main conclusion of the original paper is no longer supported, the editors have decided to retract the article. The new analyses and results will be published elsewhere.
The errors in the original database resulted from honest mistakes, and there is no suggestion of any author misconduct.
Despite numerous attempts to contact Emily Hanna, she could not be reached. This retraction is therefore signed by Marcel Cardillo on behalf of both authors.
Dr Marcel Cardillo
Macroevolution and Macroecology Group, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Building 116, Daley Road, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200, Australia
Prof. Richard Battarbee FRS
Editor-in-Chief, Biology Letters
Publishing Editor, Biology Letters
An expression of concern for this paper has previously been published and can be viewed at http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0821.
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