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



----- Original Message -----
From: "John Bois" <jbois@umd5.umd.edu>
To: "Ronald Orenstein" <ornstn@home.com>
Cc: "David Marjanovic" <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>; "The Dinosaur Mailing
List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2001 4:27 AM
Subject: 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?

Don't both live in forests?