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Competition for ecological niches limits the formation of new species
April 30, 2014
The rate at which new species evolve is limited by competition for ecological niches, report scientists at the University of Chicago in Nature on April 30. The study, which analyzes the evolutionary and genetic relationships between all 461 songbird species that live in the Himalayan Mountains, suggests that as ecological niches within an environment are filled, the formation of new species slows or even stops.
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