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Trends Ecol Evol. 1997 Aug;12(9):360-4.

Animal foraging: past, present and future.

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Brown Tree Snake Project at the Dept of Zoology, Ohio State University, 1735 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA, and PO Box 8255, MOU-3, Dededo, GU 96912, USA.


Studies of foraging behaviour have proliferated over the past 30 years. Two schools of thought have emerged, one focusing on theoretical aspects (so-called 'optimal foraging theory'), the other on empirical studies. We summarize both, showing how they have evolved and begun to coalesce during the past decade. The emerging new framework is more complex than previous models, combining theory with observation. Modern phylogenetic methods promise new insights into how animal foraging has evolved.


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