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Re: Dr. Bakker and Dinosaur intellegence (was: Fwd: Bakkermania!)
Larry Dunn wrote:
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> >It also depends on what you describe as "intelligent". Crocodiles do
> >things that seem intelligent in some respects: co-operative hunting
> >similar to any lion or wolf,
> In what way is crocodile piling-on at the water's edge similar to, say,
> hunting in wolves?
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When migrating herbivore herds need to cross a river, nile crocodiles
have been observed in what can only be described as cooperative
hunting. They position themselves strategically and attempt to
out-flank any lagging individuals. Surrounding the prey also helps to
block off any avenues of escape, and several animals working together
are more likely to be able to drag a large animal into deeper water
where the crocs have an advantage.
I'm not a croc expert by any means, so if I've got any of this wrong
then by all means correct me.