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    March 24, 2008
     

    Network effect in nature?

    I read this interesting piece in 'The Guardian' last week where a variety of lark was reported as gradually losing its singing range because of falling numbers of the species.

    I wonder if this is the inverse of the Network Effect at work in nature. As the number of larks dwindles, the remaining larks have fewer number of fellow-larks to communicate with. Hence, the 'value' of the song diminishes with a reduction in the number of people in the 'network'.

    Eventually perhaps evolution will take over and the lark will lose its voice altogether!

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