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The Distribution of Animals

Nature volume 140, pages 620621 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



DURING the present century, the study of the distribution of animals has entered upon a new phase, marked by a more intense examination of the relationship between animals and their environment, and a desire to bring to the understanding of distribution a physiological point of view applied to communities as well as to individual species and systematic groups. As regards land animals the older works, of Murray, Wallace, Heilprin, Troussart, Beddard, Lydekker, Sclater and others, were based largely upon the knowledge of mammals and birds, and these warm-blooded animals were less obviously subject to several climatic factors which regulate the distribution of less specialized animals ; whereas, as regards marine organisms, from the time of Edward Forbes, the tendency had been to accumulate data of distribution with reference to 'zones' or other generalized areas.

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