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Re: Dinosaur Planet, parts 3 & 4




On Thu, 18 Dec 2003, Ken Carpenter wrote:

> Sorry, but it sounds like you are grasping at straws to salvage a weak
> hypothesis (parental care).

If parental care is a weak hypothesis, what is a strong one?  Am I
picturing a viable scenario: thousands of sauropod hatchlings abandon the
open ground (and adult protection) of the nesting area for the forest(?).
Here they struggle from chicken-size through baby elephant size to hide
from predators.  They can't lie in hiding (like a fawn) because they have
to eat, presumably in the day time.  Is there any animal that can make it
using such a strategy today?  Many species protect their offspring, but
are there any large terrestrial species that abandon their young?
Komodo Dragons run up trees as young 'uns.  Not sauropods?