The reality of ecological assemblages: A palaeo-ecological puzzle [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 16 (4):437-461 (2001)
Ecological communities, I argue, are objective units of nature if theyhave structure that regulates their membership. Evidence of suchstructure in contemporary ecology is scant, but the palaeoecologicalphenomenon of co-ordinated stasis is a prima facie example ofinternal regulation. I argue that no individualist attempts to explainaway the appearance of internal regulation succeeds. But no internalistmodel is fully satisfactory, either, in explaining the contrast betweenpre and post Pleistocene ecology.
Keywords community  competition  competitive exclusion  co-ordinated stasis  ecological locking  niche  palaeoecology  Pleistocene paradox  stablising selection  stasis  turn-over pulse
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