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'flocking' to a computer programmer is actually a very simple algorythm,
so we've been able to simulate animal 'flocking' for many many years
with computer graphics. It's the collision avoidance of the multiple
items, however, which is a more advanced problem we have only addressed
I'd be interested to know if plesiosaurs, mososaurs, or ichthyosaurs
demonstrated a similar neighbor-body-awareness sensor as that of fish-
who have a body line sensor that tracks the location of it's nearest
neighbor by water pressure changes and detects the neighbor's direction
changes. Dolphins probably do the equivalent
neighbor-collision-avoidance with sonar.
Antony L Hedges wrote:>
> Whilst there was a lot of 'wrong' details about the original Jurassic Park
> film, there was a good example of some flocking behaviour in evidence.
> Whilst no one will ever know for sure if non-avian theropods flocked like
> birds, it is a nice idea.
Flying Goat Graphics
(Society of Vertebrate Paleontology member)
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