15 Sep '11, 12pm

The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology

The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology

The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology Scientists have recently begun to understand the vital role played by top predators in ecosystems and the profound impacts that occur when those predators are wiped out. Now, researchers are citing new evidence that shows the importance of lions, wolves, sharks, and other creatures at the top of the food chain. by caroline fraser Found in the North Palace at Ninevah, stone panels depicting the Royal Lion Hunt of the last Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal, are as violent as any video game: A female lion flies upside down, arrows protruding from her back and belly. Beneath her, a male rears back, arrows piercing his nasal passages while another male drags his hindquarters behind him. From the king’s chariot, attendants drive spears through the chest of another. The panels are two-and-a-half thousand years old, and the sto...

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