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Dictionary » N » Niches



A cavity, hollow, or recess, generally within the thickness of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament. Hence, any similar position, literal or figurative. Images defended from the injuries of the weather by niches of stone wherein they are placed. (Evelun)

Origin: F, fr. It. Nicchia, prop, a shell-like recess in a wall, fr. Nicchio a shellfish, mussel, fr. L. Mytilus.

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Is complexity inevitable?

... part of your post essentially says that there may be a high probability for the emergence of traits that trascend the requirements of specific niches. I agree, but I don't see how the reproductive barriers have anything to do with it. I think I heard somewhere that homo sapiens may have come ...

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by cakrit
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
Replies: 16
Views: 4669

Re: Is complexity inevitable?

... of small particles like electrons (and photons :?: ). But back to biology . Have you considered that the human niche is actually a collection of niches? Most organisms cannot change their niche significantly without centuries evolution, but we appear to transcend that with our intellectual responsiveness. ...

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by wildfunguy
Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
Replies: 16
Views: 4669

Species Perfection?

The problem is that the parameters aren't acheivable. There do seem to be species in stable niches that themselves have stabilized, but that's the closest you'll get.

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by Darby
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Species Perfection?
Replies: 3
Views: 1447

On the number of limbs.

Insects and spiders are more diverse because there are more potential niches for them.

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by Darby
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: On the number of limbs.
Replies: 7
Views: 2934

Ecological Niche

... wolf could occupy the same ecological niche, which means they then would have to compete for the same resources (prey). So there can be ecological niches such as: predator, herbivore, detrivore, etc.

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by SteveYst
Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Ecological Niche
Replies: 4
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