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Re: Armadillos at the K/T?
John Bois wrote:
Sometime ago, I said that small hairy armadillos which take a penalty-free
heavy toll on rhea eggs, were a good model for potential predation on
dinosaur eggs at or around the K/T boundary.
Two thoughts sprang to mind when I read this:
(1) Do rheas ever kick egg-stealing armadillos in the head?
(2) Whenever I read about "penalty-free predation", I think "Parasites!"
In any example of predation ("penalty-free" or otherwise) - whether it's a
lion bringing down a young zebra, or a shorebird snatching a fish, or a cat
pouncing on a mouse, or an armadillo gobbling rhea eggs - I imagine hordes
of microscopic parasites poised to embark on a journey from one host to the
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