Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-25918-813-8

Chapter 59 - Conservation Biology - Review Questions - Synthesize: 5

Answer

Small population could be a proximal cause of extinction, as in island populations, but it is more likely caused by other factors, such as habitat loss, which can lead to extinction.

Work Step by Step

The key here is to see that small populations can be natural (as in higher trophic levels and/or on islands) and present a danger of extinction, but they are more likely caused by other things which make them a precursor to extinction.
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