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Department of Biology
King’s College
London, UK

" Africa’s large herbivores have a very patchy distribution pattern over the savanna grasslands on which they graze. High densities are correlated with greater concentrations of certain elements in their forage, particularly magnesium, sodium, and phosphorous.

S.J. McNaughton, “Mineral nutrition and spatial concentrations of African ungulates,” Nature, 334(6180), 343-5,28 July 1988.

" Studying past land-use...

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