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Chaos in a Three-Species Food Chain
Alan Hastings and Thomas Powell
Vol. 72, No. 3 (Jun., 1991), pp. 896-903
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1940591
Page Count: 8
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A continuous time model of a food chain incorporating nonlinear functional (and numerical) responses exhibits chaotic dynamics in long-term behavior when biologically reasonable parameter values are chosen. The appearance of chaos in this model suggests that chaotic dynamics may be common in natural food webs.
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