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Re: Birds Came First question.



>Birds are, with the exception of one (or two?) megapode species, united by
>the following characteristics: intensive parental care during incubation;
>nest siting in the open air (where parental care is necessitated--unlike
>fossorial nests).
>
>Crocs, while they do defend the nest, do not help the eggs in any other
>way after oviposition.  This style is of lay-'em-and-leave-'em is more
>typical of basal reptiles.


This is incorrect.  For several species, the female will help the
hatchlings out of their eggs and physically carry them to the water in
their mouths.


chris



Cheers,

Paul


Dr Paul M.A. Willis
Consulting Vertebrate Palaeontologist
Quinkana Pty Ltd
pwillis@ozemail.com.au

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