ranking biological success
cummins at possum.murdoch.edu.au
Mon Jan 10 20:36:24 EST 1994
> Is not a species,regardless of any biological number that is afixed to it
>it succeeds in its ecosystem by reproducing from generation to generation
>regardless of its mass or ploidy or what ever other number that we
>attach to it?
>mcclean at plains.nodak.edu
I agree with Phil. We can only really define success of a species in
negative terms, if it goes extinct! I'm using the term here in its
sense - the process of succeeding, or following from generation to
generation. I suspect that by trying to define "success" we need to
lateral look at why we are asking the question in the first place:
why do we need to define it? Are we talking about dominance? That's a
different issue entirely.
More information about the Bioforum