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Re: Cuteness

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Larry Dunn" <saurosuchus@yahoo.com>
>To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
>Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 1:19 PM
>Subject: Re: Cuteness
>> --- Jura <archosaur@reptilis.net> wrote: [Actually I wrote something before 
>> this that has since been snipped]
>> I think we are imposing our own biological imperatives
>> on other species in this case.
>> We see certain physical characteristics with warm
>> regard because they are similar to characteristics of
>> our own young.  Our emotions about our young are
>> presumably tied to the very real need to provide care
>> for our young for a very long time.
>> Not to say that there were no emotions in dinosaurs
>> regarding their young, but human preceptions of baby
>> appearance probably wasn't much of a part of it.
>> Young alligators, who receive care from adult
>> alligators, aren't really all that different in
>> appearance than, say, certain young lizards.  Is a
>> baby croc really that much "cuter" than a baby gecko?
>I personally find baby crocodilians quite cute with their bold colors, big
>eyes, short snouts and hight pitched calls.  However, I haven't seen many
>picures of many baby lizards.

True, crocodylian babies do have the trademarked "babyface." As for lizards, 
finding pictures of babies on the net shouldn't be too hard. The following 
website gives a nice side by side comparison of an (albino) hatchling and an 
adult. They don't actually talk about the differences, but they at least have 
the pictures there to show them.



>Another thing that should be noted about child care in animals are the
>various Insects and other Arthropods who take care of their young.  In most
>cases the young are identical to the parents aside from size.  Thus parental
>care is clearly not dependant on "juvenile" characteristics.  However I
>still think it could be an indicator.


On a stranger note, I wonder about the young of ants, termites, wasps and bees. 
They all look like short, fat, white worms. I wonder if in the insect world, 
that counts as a "babyface."


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