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Re: Diplodocid duck-and-cover techniques




On Mon, 31 Jul 2000, Dann Pigdon wrote:

> Personally I don't think elephants are a good model for sauropod
> defence. There were predators around during the Mesozoic that could have
> made short work of an elephant, and hence a young sauropod. Elephant
> evolution has not had to cope with multi-tonne theropods. Perhaps adult
> sauropod defence was geared towards protection of the young rather than
> themselves.

Yes, especially if the young are forced to stay in one place--the
nest--and cannot be removed after discovery by predators.