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Common Cannibals -- New Study Examines Role That Intraspecific Predation Plays In Determining Dynamics Of Population

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December 16, 1998
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Ecological Society Of America
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While humans may find the thought of cannibalism unsettling, other species seem to eat their own kind quite readily. Once viewed as a laboratory artifact, species specific predation is now being reevaluated. A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Calgary, and published in the December issue of Ecology, has shown a definitive link between cannibalism and population stabilization among flour beetles.

While humans may find the thought of cannibalism unsettling, other species seem to eat their own kind quite readily. Once viewed as a laboratory artifact, species specific predation is now being reevaluated. A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Calgary, and published in the December issue of Ecology, has shown a definitive link between cannibalism and population stabilization among flour beetles.


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Ecological Society Of America. "Common Cannibals -- New Study Examines Role That Intraspecific Predation Plays In Determining Dynamics Of Population." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 December 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981216075921.htm>.
Ecological Society Of America. (1998, December 16). Common Cannibals -- New Study Examines Role That Intraspecific Predation Plays In Determining Dynamics Of Population. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981216075921.htm
Ecological Society Of America. "Common Cannibals -- New Study Examines Role That Intraspecific Predation Plays In Determining Dynamics Of Population." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981216075921.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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