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- Rhymes: -əʊtə
biota (plural biotas)
- (ecology) The living organisms of a region.
2009 February 6, Andrew Z. Krug et al., “Signature of the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction in the Modern Biota”, Science, volume 323, number 5915, DOI:10.1126/science.1164905, pages 767-771:
- Although the broad macroevolutionary consequences of mass extinctions are well known (as in the dinosaurs-mammals changeover), their long-term effects on the temporal and spatial dynamics of clades and biotas are rarely investigated.
the living organisms of a region