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Patterns of Species Diversity and Their Explanation

Martin A. Buzas
Taxon
Vol. 21, No. 2/3 (May, 1972), pp. 275-286
DOI: 10.2307/1218195
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1218195
Page Count: 12
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Patterns of Species Diversity and Their Explanation
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Abstract

Patterns of species diversity and equitability, and the hypotheses suggested to explain them are examined in the terrestrial and marine environments, and the fossil record. Although all the hypotheses are important in explaining diversity, none of them singularly or in various combinations are sufficient to explain the observed patterns. Quantification of the variables suggested to explain the observations will no doubt help clarify and give more credibility to the explanation of diversity, but such studies are only in their infancy.

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