Extinction Research Paper by cee-cee

An examination of extinction and its relation to the total ecosystem.
# 107366 | 1,674 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper discusses that fact that the ability of a species to survive the extinction of another, depends on its ability to adapt. The paper continues and states that omnivores fair better than those with a limited range of food because if a single food source disappears from the environment, it can more easily find another suitable food source. More highly specialized members of the ecosystem will not be able to substitute food as those that can eat a variety of food. The paper details that the extinction of a single food species will quickly follow the elimination of their major food source. The paper supports the thesis that non-random species loss will have a more devastating effect on the community and than random species loss.

Research Methods and Extinction
The Example of Plants and Avian Species

Sample of Sources Used:

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