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This Biology Letters paper explores expansions and contractions of ecospace -- not questions about whether evolution is wrong.
This paper discusses the role of the "expansion and contraction of occupied ecospace" in animal diversity, arguing that on the large scale, ecospace should be considered a prime factor.
Mass extinctions in Earth's past have provided opportunities for the large-scale, dramatic ecospace expansions discussed in this paper.
A lot of ecospace became available and the animals with hair and teats grabbed it.
In fact, I think that most of it has to do with body size -- the size you are when you inherit a vacant ecospace from whatever natural disaster.
So far I began at Daan Park on the south of town, a vast ecospace in this somewhat urban jungle of a city.
And the new findings imply that rather than being an unsuccessful, empty niche, the filter-feeding function was dominated by these large fish from about 170 million to 65 million years ago, "suggesting that familiar modern groups of planktivores diversified into the ecospace vacated by giant pachycormids."
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