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Re: Sauropod inferences



Stephan Pickering (stefanpickering2002@yahoo.com) wrote:

<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.>

  No matter how much game or fractal theory is applied and inferrences
drawn, applying ungulate (or any living system) behavior to sauropods is
tremendously tenuous: they may be prey items, but sauropods have
apparently reached an ecological size and variability no ungulate has ever
come to, wether they graze or not, simply based on environmental,
topological (both intrinsic and external), and geographical constraints.
Elephants are similarly a bad example, but do show what happens when a
large group of large animals moves through an environment, they create the
habitat in their wake. Elephants, unlike ungulates, very nearly control
their environment and their behavior is quite different from many
ungulates Atle et al. have studied. Just a word of caution, that's all.
Any animal's inferrence on any mesozoic/cenozoic/paleozoic creature is
tenuous, even when direct evidence occurs, it permits only _one_ possible
inferrence.

  Cheers,

=====
Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

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