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In a message dated 11/11/98 12:23:41 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< "Why" is simply
shorthand for "What particular *overall* benefits, and under what
circumstances, would lead to something evolving as opposed to it not
Inherent in this discussion is the idea that deinonychus chose a hunting
strategy which required longer and more powerful arms. Once this strategy was
in place selection would operate in favor of the animals which used this
I'm not arguing with the concept, but I do want to point out that in the sense
of these traits being developed by the animal as a result of 'learned'
behavior, the mechanism does include both an environment created by the animal
and persistence over time. Isn't this a kind of correct Lamarckianism?