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A REAL consequence of egg predation?
[I hesitated on this, but it appears to be heading off in a different
direction from the "non-stealthy egg" debate, so I'm not counting it
as a part of that thread. -- MR ]
A thought occurred to me after I completed my latest diatribe against Mr
Bois. Mr Bois raised the spectre of the "big, mean" egg predator that
would pose a real risk to a sitting parent who tried to fight it off. It
got me thinking, though.
The obvious reason I can think of for why this WOULDN'T happen is that dino
eggs were so small that the return in nutriment for a really large predator
(say another dino) might not be worth the risk of fighting off, say, a
brooding T. rex. But then - could that be the reason, or a reason, why
dino eggs are small? As a way of reducing the risk to a brooding adult of
being attacked for its eggs by something that could do it real damage? On
the other hand, an egg the size of a Buick (that's an exaggeration, folks,
I know the surface/volume problems would kick in before it reached the size
of, say, a Volkswagen) might be a target really worth fighting for.
Just a thought... Fire away!
Ronald I. Orenstein Phone: (905) 820-7886
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