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Concluding Remarks'. Pp. 415-27 in: Population Studies: Animal Ecology and Demography. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology XXII [22] [Twenty-two]. With: 'Homage to Santa Rosalia, or Why are there so many kinds of animals?' Pp. 145-159 in: The American Naturalist, Vol. XCIII [93] [Ninety-three], No. 870, May-June, 1959.
Cold Spring Harbor: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1957/ Tempe: Published for the American Society of Naturalists at Arizona State University, 1959. - Entire volume offered. Original cloth, 4to. Near Fine. Entire issue offered. Original wrappers. Small chips to corners of front wrapper, else Very Good. 'Population ecology was considered at a symposium in 1957 bringing together human demographers and animal ecologists, with little consensus on theory evident. A notable product of this symposium was Hutchinson's 'Concluding Remarks,' which is certainly one of the least explicit titles in the history of population ecology, masking as it does one of the most highly touted and disputed productions of that discipline - a formalization of niche theory' (Robert P. McIntosh, The Background of Ecology: Concept and Theory, Cambridge, 1986, p. 190). Reprinted as Chapter 9 in Leslie A. Real & James H. Brown, eds., Foundations of Ecology: Classic Papers with Commentaries (Chicago, 1991). In 'Exultation and Explanation', his review of Hutchinson's The Kindly Fruits of the Earth: Recollections of an Embryo Ecologist and An Introduction to Population Ecology for the May 17, 1979 issue of New York Review of Books, Stephen Jay Gould wrote, 'G. Evelyn Hutchinson, Sterling Professor of Zoology Emeritus at Yale, is unquestionably the world's greatest living ecologist. In his most famous article—entitled 'Homage to Santa Rosalia, or why are there so many kinds of animals?'—Hutchinson emphasizes the fundamental theme of ecology by citing an anecdote of J.B.S. Haldane. The great British biologist 'found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, 'An inordinate fondness for beetles.' . . . The science of ecology probes this richness for regularities. As Hutchinson asked in his subtitle to the article graced by Haldane's anecdote: 'Why are there so many kinds of animals?' ' 'Noted ecologist and evolutionary biologist David Lack said retrospectively that he had already begun to mull around with the ideas of limiting similarity as early as the 1940s, but it wasn't until the end of the 1950s that the theory began to be built up and articulated. G. Evelyn Hutchinson's famous 'Homage to Santa Rosalia' was the next foundational paper in the history of the theory. Its subtitle famously asks, 'Why are there so many kinds of animals?', and the address attempts to answer this question by suggesting theoretical bounds to speciation and niche overlap. For the purposes of understanding limiting similarity, the key portion of Hutchinson's address is the end where he presents the observation that a seemingly ubiquitous ratio (1.3:1) defines the upper bound of morphological character similarity between closely related species. While this so-called Hutchinson ratio and the idea of a universal limit have been overturned by later research, the address was still foundational to the theory of limiting similarity' (Wikipedia). Real & Brown, Chapter 16. See Nancy G. Slack, G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology, Yale University Press, 2011, Chapter 14, 'From the N-dimensional Niche to Santa Rosalia', pp. 275-93. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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