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Re: T. rex eggs and brooding
(eyebrows up and down)
Phillip Bigelow <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I think that body-incubation, sensu stricto, is a likely possibility
>in Dinosauria, based on parsimony.
I am skeptical that a 35 ft. T. rex, let alone a 80 foot sauropod, could
hunker down in a nest to keep the
eggs warm with their body. Besides, the egg-body contact surface area
would be small and heat transfer
> The purported Montana Troodon eggs, and the alleged
>T. bataar eggs don't fit a "nest-laying" morphology (unless the
>scratched a trench in the ground and layed the eggs---then that may be
>considered a "nest" of sorts).
Do you assume that they were left on the ground undefended?
>Horner's Maiasaur nests were relatively high-walled, possibly to keep
the chicks in the nest.
Jack has never proven this. Except for his word on the first nest of
hadrosaurs described in Nature, the high
walled nest has not been seen in any of the two dozen or more hadrosaur
nests found since.
> The Troodon egg rows, on the other hand, encouraged the chicks to
leave the home-base as soon as
>they hatched; there are no physical earthen barriers to keep the chicks
>corraled. The Troodon babies were either: 1) hunting on their own as
>as they hatched (sort of like baby snakes do today) or; 2) they were
>and hunting alongside mom and/or dad as soon as they hatched. In other
>words, Troodon babies may have been pack hunters straight out of the
Without hatchlings to determine the degree of joint development, we
don't know if they were precocial.
Proof for pack hunting is not proven. All skeletons of
Troodon/Saurornithoides occur as isolated finds.
> If those Chinese eggs are in fact Tyrannosaurid, it shows how
>the Mother-child size differences were for this group. A 1 ft.
>and a 40 foot-long mother must be one of the greatest ontogenetic
>the animal kingdom. If mother T. rex's did care for their young, they
.have had toe nails larger than their children.
Not quite, A 16" egg probably had a 36"+ embryo. An alleged sauropod
egg is 8" in diameter and would
have about 16"+ embryo. The alleged parent, Hypselosaurus, was 40 ft.