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Study: Ecological Effects of Biodiversity Loss Underestimated
November 30, 2010
More than half of all species are believed to change their dietary preferences--sometimes several times--between birth and adulthood. A new study this week in Ecology Letters finds that this pattern has major implications for the stability of natural ecosystems and survival of threatened species.
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