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Evolutionary History and Population Biology

Naturevolume 214pages349352 (1967) | Download Citation

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While accepting evolutionary theory, should ecologists be more sceptical about hypotheses derived solely from untestable assumptions about the past ? The authors put forward the view that many ecologists underestimate the efficacy of natural selection and fail to distinguish between phylogenetic and ecological questions.

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  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    • L. C. BIRCH
  2. Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California

    • P. R. EHRLICH

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