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Re: A long post about DUMB METATHERIANS vs EVIL, SMART PLACENTALS
On Sun, 20 May 2001, Ronald Orenstein wrote:
> Unfortunately for this hypothesis, raccoon numbers have RISEN at the hands
> of man. Raccoons are human commensals, reaching densities in suburban
> areas of 69 per sq km according to "The Smithsonian Book of North American
> Mammals" -higher than their density in natural woodlands (roughly 50 / sq km)!
Great. Do you know offhand how many opossums in both habitats?
In any case, perhaps a more fair test would be rural areas, away from the
trash. For example, does the creation of farm land affect either animal
in a different way?