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Population ecology

Group living and hungry lions

Ecologists have necessarily had to simplify matters in looking at predator–prey dynamics. Study of a situation in which predator and prey live in groups reveals that a key process was previously overlooked.

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Figure 1: Group theory.



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Coulson, T. Group living and hungry lions. Nature 449, 996–997 (2007).

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