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Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior - Lecture 28

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Lecture 28 - Ecological Communities

The idea of ecological communities has changed tremendously over the past forty years. The classical view stated that there were so many different species because evolution packed them tightly into the available niches. The modern view emphasizes the idea of trophic cascades, or top-down control in food chains. This emphasized the importance of predation in ecology, although it downplayed the significance of food webs, which showed the interrelated nature of ecosystems better than simple food chains.

Prof. Stephen C. Stearns
EEB 122: Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, Spring 2009
(Yale University: Open Yale)
http://oyc.yale.edu
Date accessed: 2009-11-18
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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