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Why big fierce animals are rare : an ecologist's perspective

Author: Paul Colinvaux
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1979, ©1978.
Series: Princeton science library.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Colinvaux
ISBN: 0691023646 9780691023649 0691081948 9780691081946
OCLC Number: 10081738
Description: viii, 256 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Prelude --
The science that reasons why --
Every species has its niche --
Why big fierce animals are rare --
The efficiency of life --
The nation states of trees --
The social lives of plants --
Cycles: a lesson from farming --
Why the sea is blue --
The ocean system --
The regulation of the air --
The curious incident of the lake in the Now Time --
The succession affair --
Peaceful coexistence --
What hunting animals do --
The social imperatives of space --
Why there are so many species --
The stability in nature --
The people's place --
Postlude.
Series Title: Princeton science library.
Responsibility: Paul Colinvaux.

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"A highly readable and accessible account of the complex way in which nature has molded its ecosystems by fitting predators to prey and food chains to both."--John Barkham "A mind-tingling survey . . Read more...

 
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