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Re: the rearing diplocid subject, response to thread about pushing trees down
for offspring feeding:
Hi, I'm just back from my holiday in Ca. (great place; like France without the
French, bless 'em) and it occurs to me that it would be very dangerous for
diplocids in herds to push over trees; the risk of crushing young would surely
be great. They presumably were not skilled lumberjacks. Ok elephants do it, but
aren't they generally considered to be intelligent (ie more than your average
dino) and so perhaps can work out not to stand in the way.
Having just spent some time in your Coastal Redwood forest, I don't see _any_
dinosaur pushing some of those suckers over (it also occurs to me, that one of
the most impressive features of these forests was the huge temperature drop
within the forest; these treees _control_ their environment, maintaining a
(fairly) constant very cool temperature. Implications for
endothermic/ectothermic aniamls, perhaps?).