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RE: DINOSAUR BEHAVIOR
Yes, that is what I meant. The name "cooperative hunting" generally
means some form of mobbing. Theropods certainly could have done this.
From: Jeffrey Martz [SMTP:martz@holly.ColoState.EDU]
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 1997 4:53 PM
To: Nathan Myhrvold
Subject: RE: DINOSAUR BEHAVIOR
> The modern view of field biologists is that many
> hunters are not actually taking very sophisticated
roles, they are just
> all going for the same prey. The "cooperation" part
mainly means that
> they do not attack each other.
> There is no reason to rule out cooperative or social
> dinosaurs, and indeed there are several strong pieces
of evidence in
> favor of it.
Like what? There is some evidence for gregarious
theropods, but how does that insinuate cooperative
Social behavior in carnivores leading to group mobbing
unplausible; saying it then follows that they were
is at odds with your previous statement. As noted, that
sophistication in predators is pretty rare, and usually
unusually brainy birds and mammals.