Study sheds new light on how species extinction affects complex ecosystems

Source: ScienceDaily

Research has found that methods used to predict the effect of species extinction on ecosystems could be producing inaccurate results. This is because current thinking assumes that when a species vanishes, its role within an environment is lost too. However, scientists working on a new study have found that when a species, (for example a group of sea creatures), is wiped out by a catastrophic event, other species can change their behavior to compensate, exploiting the vacant role left behind.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170303100646.htm