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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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