Towards an understanding of the evolutionary role of fire in animals

  title={Towards an understanding of the evolutionary role of fire in animals},
  author={Juli G. Pausas and Catherine L Parr},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
Wildfires underpin the dynamics and diversity of many ecosystems worldwide, and plants show a plethora of adaptive traits for persisting recurrent fires. Many fire-prone ecosystems also harbor a rich fauna; however, knowledge about adaptive traits to fire in animals remains poorly explored. We review existing literature and suggest that fire is an important evolutionary driver for animal diversity because (1) many animals are present in fire-prone landscapes and may have structural and… CONTINUE READING


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