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Study of the "why" of evolutionary adaptation, particularly why do specific organisms do what it is that they do.
Evolutionary ecology can be viewed as an organismal biology that's concerned especially with issues of ultimate causation.
Evolutionary ecology can be explored from a more general perspective, looking for both generalizations within groups, e.g., why are many cats striped, as well as generalizations among groups, e.g., what are the benefits, and costs, of homeothermy (warm bloodedness as observed in both birds and mammals).
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