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To see how invading predators change an ecosystem, watch the prey, say researchers

Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In fact, a leading cause of extinction is the introduction of predators into an isolated system like an island or a lake.

The destruction is usually blamed on the predator's eating choices, but sometimes the key lies in the prey animals' responses, according to an international team of researchers led by IBES fellow Tyler Kartzinel and Princeton colleague Robert Pringle.

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