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Journal Article

The Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography: Fact or Fiction?

F. S. Gilbert
Journal of Biogeography
Vol. 7, No. 3 (Sep., 1980), pp. 209-235
Published by: Wiley
DOI: 10.2307/2844629
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2844629
Page Count: 27
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The Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography: Fact or Fiction?
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Abstract

The development of the equilibrium theory of island biogeography and its basic concepts are outlined. Studies purporting to validate the theory are critically examined, and it is concluded that there is little support for its tenets. The application of the theory to nature conservation and ecology is therefore premature.

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