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Re: A long post about DUMB METATHERIANS vs EVIL, SMART PLACENTALS



At 05:30 PM 20/05/01 -0400, John Bois wrote:
 How about an
hypothesis such as: possum radiation occurred more rapidly in the
20th. century possibly due to reduction in racoon numbers at the hands of
man.

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)!


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