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ERIC Number: ED052993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 21
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The Unit of Ecology.
Darling, F. Fraser
After summarizing the development of ecology from botanical and zoological studies to a study of entire biological communities, the history of wool growing in England and the development of nomadism on the Asian steppes and the North American prairies is described. These examples are interpreted ecologically and used to illustrate the theses that human civilization is a result of learning how to use the stored wealth of ecological climaxes, and that any ecological approach to the study of human society--whether historical, sociological, agricultural, anthropological, or economic--must recognize the changing nature of man's habitat and society. However, the scope of ecology should not be expanded to become all-embracing, or the ecologist will become "the supreme irritating busybody." Suggestions for the organization of ecological research are made. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Conservation Foundation, Washington, DC.