By Theodore H. Fleming (auth.), D. Michael Stoddart B.Sc, Ph.D. (eds.)
From their mostly descriptive beginnings a few part century in the past, reviews at the ecology of small mammals have mushroomed in quantity, scope, content material and complexity. but surprisingly, or even now not so surprisingly if one considers the level and complexity of ecological interactions, the most difficulties for which the early employees sought solutions nonetheless defy whole research, and simple hypotheses stay untested if no longer even untestable. a similar holds precise for thus many branches of animal ecology that it sort of feels to be the complexity of the innovations that frustrates efforts instead of the topic species. like several branches of technological know-how, small mammal ecology has been topic to a chain of trendy techniques, one following one other as tech nology penetrates formerly impregnable areas. without doubt the longer term improvement of our technological know-how should be punctuated by means of wave upon wave of latest endeavour in entire fields which are even perhaps but unidentified. solutions to the complicated questions which ecologists ask don't come simply. more and more notwithstanding, they come up in direct share to the efforts expended upon their elucidation. Many reviews have accomplished the sort of excessive point of beauty, by way of manpower and equipment, that there's a feeling that questions requested while such assets are unavailable will not be worthy asking. not anything will be farther from the reality. Many a fancy version has failed totally to give an explanation for the phenomenon for which it was once construc ted due to a scarcity of uncomplicated box information at the species' common h~story.