The Balance Of Predators And Prey Comes Down To Math
Researchers don’t know why the math works, but it explains a lot about entire ecosystems.By Evan Thomas | September 5, 2015
Scientists suspect there’s a mathematical formula underpinning nature: specifically, the ratio of predators to their prey. (Video via National Parks Service)
A massive analysis shows this scaling is present across entire ecosystems, in both terrestrial and aquatic environments, from apex predators on the African savanna to krill and plankton — and the tiny things they eat. (Videos via BBC, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, National Geographic)
Biologists say, "Even little zooplankton that eat phytoplankton show the same structural pattern." And it’s gone unrecognized until now.