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Re: Sauropod inferences
From: Stephan Pickering <email@example.com>
Atle Mysterud has, since 1998, been releasing papers investigating >rather
thoroughly ungulate social behavior. If one uses a combination >of
game/bifurcation theory, and fast-slow dynamics, and supplements >these
with Atle's papers, a picture (albeit hazy but rich in >potential) emerges
of possible inferred patterns of sauropod >behaviour. His latest paper:
Atle Mysterud, Tim Coulson, N.C. Stenseth, 2002. The
role of males in the dynamics of ungulate populations.
Jour. Animal Ecology 71(6):907-915
I would also recommend:
Atle Mysterud, 2000. The relationship between
ecological segregation and sexual body size dimorphism
in large herbivores. Oecologia 124(1):40-54
Okay, I'll bite: what's so special about ungulate behaviour with regards to
that of sauropods? By the sounds of it, I could just as easily infer
sauropod behaviours from the herds of trick-or-treaters I saw at my door two
And what in the world is "game/bifurcation theory and fast-slow dynamics"?
Undergraduate Student, Carleton University
Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoecology
AIM: jslice mallon
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