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Chapman University Unearths Data in Animal Habitat Selection That Counters Current Convention
June 26, 2013
Scientists have long presumed that animals settle on breeding territories according to the ideal free model. But settlement data often show that, in fact, animals do not select high-quality habitat. Indeed, researchers from Chapman University report that young common loons have a striking tendency to settle on breeding lakes that resemble their natal lake in terms of both size and pH.
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