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Re: symbiotic relationships among dinosaurs
At 08:49 AM 30/05/1999 -0600, you wrote:
> Were there any known symbiotic relationships between any two (or more)
>species of dinosaur, like the zebra and wildebeast of today's Africa?
How on earth would you tell? Short of something really weird turning up I
cannot imagine what sort of fossil you would need to show such a thing -
much less determine if it were mutually beneficial!
If we can look at modern dinosaurs (sorry, birds), for a moment, there are
certainly mutualistic relationships among some of them (and I think calling
the relationship between zebras and wildebeest "symbiotic" is grossly
overstretching the meaning of that term - they can certainly get along
quite well without each other!). For example, the rare Saffron-cowled
Blackbird of southern Brazil and northern Argentina is almost always found
in association with a flycatcher, the Black-and-white Monjita; and many
forest birds, particularly in the tropics, regularly associate in mixed
feeding flocks - in the tropics these can be highly organized indeed. At
least two species of antshrike in Brazil actually use special calls to
round up other species in the flock every morning.
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