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Re: A REAL consequence of egg predation?



On Mon, 25 Nov 1996, Ronald Orenstein wrote:
> [...]
> also bound by these restrictions.  So the question remains - why did big
> dinosaurs lay such small eggs?

Hmmm. Perhaps high mortality of young meant the parents invested in
more young (i.e., many small eggs vs. a few large ones).

Consider also the height an egg must fall when being laid. Just offhand I
think the smaller egg could better survive the drop.

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