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Nature. 2004 Feb 19;427(6976):697-8; discussion 698.

Ecology: living in synchrony on Greenland coasts?

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Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biology, University of Oslo, PO Box 1050 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway.

Abstract

Theory indicates that correlated weather may synchronize populations, but the extent to which this holds for non-identical, nonlinear systems is uncertain. Post and Forchhammer claim to have shown climate-induced synchrony for musk oxen and caribou that are separated by the Greenland ice sheet. However, logical and mathematical errors undermine their finding. Whether or not large-scale weather can be a major synchronizing factor across species remains an open question.

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14973473
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10.1038/427697a
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