Replication in Field Biology: The Case of the Frog-Eating Bat

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Science  02 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6060, pp. 1229-1230
DOI: 10.1126/science.1214532

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Studies conducted in the field offer unique opportunities to observe nature, but achieving true replication under natural conditions is challenging. As demonstrated by the discovery of frog eating by a charismatic bat, biology conducted in the field generally follows an interesting progression that includes discovery, demonstration, experimentation, and verification.

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