The Biology of Rarity: Causes and consequences of rare—common differences

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W.E. Kunin, K.J. Gaston
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 280 pages
This book began life as a review article. That article spawned a symposium which was, in turn, greatly expanded to form the present volume. As the project moved through these developmental stages (hopefully, towards attainment of its full maturity), a number of people have provided invaluable assistance to us, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them. Gordon Orians must certainly take a high place in that list. He has been both a friend and mentor to W.E.K., and many of the topics explored in this book have emerged from the resultant dialogue. His thought processes, ideas and perhaps even some of his turns of phrase emerge throughout much ofthe book. Gordon also played a pivotal role in inviting in motion, and so he has served as a catalyst the article that set this project to the book as well as one of its reagents. While he has not served as an editor of this book, he is one of its authors in more than just the literal sense.
 

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Contents

Gordon H Orians
7
an overview
12
Imperial College at Silwood Park
23
What is rarity?
30
Department of Zoology
42
Who is rare? Artefacts and complexities of rarity
48
Who gets the short bits of the broken stick?
63
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
88
South Africa
134
Peter Cotgreave
146
on the complexity of density
150
References
169
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
171
Evolved consequences of rarity
190
some theoretical considerations
209
Museum of Natural History
230

Karron
89
separating cause from consequence
91
Acknowledgements
104
How do rare species avoid extinction? A paleontological
110
References
126
the comparative
236
Department of Biology
261
Concluding comments
262
Index
273
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