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Re: Herbivore protection
John Bois wrote:
> > Beware of "post hoc ergo propter hoc." Modern large herbivores are all
> > mammals. I can't think of any herbivorous mammal larger than a warthog
> > that produces more than one or two young per year. I wonder if a large
> > viviparous animal *could* produce more than one or two young per year.
> > K-strategy may be a less-than-optimal strategy that was forced on large
> > mammals by other aspects of their physiology.
> I don't know of any reason why a wildebeest couldn't have many small
> babies rather than one big one. I would be really interested to find out
> though if there is such a physiological constraint.
Could increasing size/complexity, and the matching increase in time
required _in vitro_, be a problem? There certainly appears to be an
inverse relationship in mammals between size of adult and number of