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Accounting for the gaps in ancient food webs

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The Burgess Shale food web is one of eight ancient food webs that were analyzed for similarities. Credit: Jennifer Dunne

If you want to understand an ecosystem, look at what the species within it eat. In studying food webs—how animals and plants in a community are connected through their dietary preferences—ecologists can piece together how energy flows through an ecosystem and how stable it is to climate change and other disturbances. Studying ancient food webs can help scientists reconstruct communities of species, many long extinct, and even use those insights to figure out how modern-day communities might change in the

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