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Jamaican fruit-eating bat (Artibeus jamaicensis), a recent colonist to the Caribbean islands, in flight. In this issue, Valente and colleagues show the long-term diversity of the noctilionoid bat fauna of the Greater Antilles asymptotes toward an equilibrium defined by extinction rates higher than colonization and speciation rates. Recent extinctions, many of them anthropogenic, have shifted diversity away from equilibrium, requiring at least eight million years for the system to recover the diversity lost. Photograph by M. Brock Fenton.

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Valente, L. et al., Recent extinctions disturb path to equilibrium diversity in Caribbean bats. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 1, 0026 (2017).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.