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Macroecology: The Division of Food and Space Among Species on Continents

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Science  03 Mar 1989:
Vol. 243, Issue 4895, pp. 1145-1150
DOI: 10.1126/science.243.4895.1145

Abstract

Analyses of statistical distributions of body mass, population density, and size and shape of geographic range offer insights into the empirical patterns and causal mechanisms that characterize the allocation of food and space among the diverse species in continental biotas. These analyses also provide evidence of the processes that couple ecological phenomena that occur on disparate spatial and temporal scales—from the activities of individual organisms within local populations to the dynamics of continent-wide speciation, colonization, and extinction events.