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Re: Good mother dinos
On Fri, 4 Nov 1994, Tom Holtz wrote:
> >>> 1) How can you tell from fossilized bones whether any particular
> >>> species of dinosaur was a "good mother" or cared for its young?
> >In the case of Maiasaura, there is evidence that when the young
> >hatched, their long bones weren't fully ossified, so the animals
> >couldn't support their own weight. The obvious inference is that food
> >had to be brought to them until they outgrew that condition.
> One complication of this bit was the presentation of Dave Unwin (U. of
> Bristol, UK) at the 1993 SVP. He showed that, based on embryo-to-egg ratio
> found in modern birds and reptiles, the Maiasaura "hatchlings" are actually
> the proper size for a late-stage non-hatched embryo. He did go on to point
> out that this doesn't disprove parental care in the Dinosauria, but it does
> take a way one previously important piece of evidence.
I don't follow this last point. Is the implication that the "hatchlings"
were actually someone's snack-ling? Or that Maiasaura may have only
stuck around until the blessed moment, leaving the kids on their own
after they hatched (hatch-key kids?)
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