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I don't think this made the list, or it was too far over the edge to deserve
At any rate I'm not too proud to resubmit this series of questions, now it's
just a few sentences longer.
Was the eye size an aid in gathering light at night, or in low light
situations, in any species of dino we know of? Owls have huge eyes, and hunt
at night, mostly. I know, they also listen very carefully, but aren't those
big eyes a sure help in hunting?
The question I'm really getting at is, were there dinos likely to have had
good night vision?
Of these possible night-active types, how many would be preditory and how
It seems to me that the general size of most dinos eyes were huge, but then
again I don't have any skulls to look at, first hand. However, from printed
reproductions and TV freeze frames, I can see that a Velociraptor spielburgsi
has God-aweful big eyes,("the better to see you with"). It also seems
Maiasaura had big peepers too. If dinos herded, migrated, and raised their
young together they developed patterns that would have forced some night
traveling or watching. Good night vision would come in handy.
An idea I call "genetic memory" has been rolling around my head for some time
now. I don't know if I read it somewhere or what. It goes like this:
Every generation passes on its genes. The more complex the lifeform, the more
genetic information is passed on. When an successful individual lifeform
reproduces with another successful individual both contribute genes that was
the essence of them. The offspring of these may have 'talents' or 'skills' or
'instinctive behavior' that better serve them to survive. Is it not possible
that these genes carry more than the physical attributes?(Successful doesn't
If this idea has ant merit it may be evident in a skill I have, which I'd
never seen done. I looked at a flint arrowhead, and somehow "knew" I could do
that kind of work. I started with a few cut fingers, and crude results. In
less than a week I has turning out points one could actually hunt with. The
reading of the stone seemed to come from somewhere inside me I still don't
really understand. I am one quarter native american.
If you instinctually 'knew' the of weather patterns, food sources, ect. life
would be much easier than having to learn EVERYTHING. Baby humans are born
"knowing" how to swim, all of them!