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Data from Himalayan songbirds suggest that the rate-limiting step in biodiversity production may not be the speed of speciation, but rather the speed at which new niches are created. See Letter p.222

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Figure 1: Himalayan songbird assemblage.

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Mooers, A. Supply and demand. Nature 509, 171–172 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature13332

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