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4.6: Adaptive Radiation

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  • When giving the opportunity, a group of species will move into available ecological niches. A classic example is around 65 millions ago, the mammals took on ecological roles formerly held by dinosaurs.


    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\) - The impact of metors can change the weather

    A good article on *dinosaur paleoecology. Morphospace is from morphology meaning the study of shape and space implies a landscape, or in this case an ecosystem where a particular shape is more or less adaptive.