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Re: follow-up on sauropods
At 04:17 PM 6/4/98 -0400, JAMES SUTTON wrote:
>Dwarfism is a common adaptation of large animals on islands. Is it
>an adaptation to reduced food availability and competition
>therefor? Maybe not, because giantism is also another feature of
>island animals. Komodo Dragon, e.g.
There is actually a pattern to this:
In general, small animals have larger forms on islands, and large animals
have smaller forms on islands.
Dwarf mammoths, dwarf rhinoceroses, dwarf hippos;
Giant lizards, giant fowl.
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