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"Red Queen" Extinction theory



Stan Friesen <swf@ElSegundoCA.ATTGIS.COM> writes:
>Red Queen is a reference to Alice Through the Looking Glass.
>In that book the Red Queen said "we have to run as hard as we can just to
>stay in one place".  In ecological usage this usually refers to the idea
>of a predator/prey arms race. It *might* be mentioned as such in Ricklef's
>"Ecology".

So is the theory, then, that the plant-eating dinos stopped "running"
(evolving) fast enough to "out-pace" the carnivores' armory and all
got eaten to extinction, after which the carnivores starved to death???
I thought this theory was as old and outmoded as the wind-up movie camera!

                             -- Dave