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As a name, evolutionary paleoecology commands attention and I wanted to determine what is included in the concept, which may develop into a significant field of study within paleobiology. Ecology, of course, is the interrelationship of organisms to each other and to their environment, but evolution is uni-directional change among organisms, raising the question of whether paleoecology can be studied in a manner similar to evolution. Ecology has no heritable characters to shape its destiny, and...

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