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Animal Ecology

Nature volume 119, page 193 (05 February 1927) | Download Citation



THE science of animal ecology is relatively new, but a considerable amount of attention has been directed to this aspect of zoology since the beginning of the century. In this development American biologists have played a leading part. We recall Shelford's valuable work on the animal communities in temperate America and Adam's useful guide to the study of ecology in this connexion, both of which gave a tremendous impetus to the study of animals in relation to their environment. Most of our knowledge of the subject is, however, contained in short scattered papers through a vast range of periodical literature or in more specialised works dealing with particular groups.

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