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Re: Sauroparental care

Perhaps it can be tested, by looking for evidence of mounds or burrows in known sauropod-inhabited areas.

In any event, I used the words "idea" and "possibility" to suggest these things. Even if I had said "hypothesis", that is merely a proposition. Had I lazily bandied about the word "theory", well, then you would have had a point.

Peter Markmann

On Monday, December 22, 2003, at 12:50 AM, Ken Carpenter wrote:

Again, I raise the point of how do you test your hypothesis? I can just as as well say that little green men come to earth and took care of the babies. The point is that this idea is not testable, nor, as you'll note, can you disprove it as structured. A hypothesis needs to be framed in such a way that it can be disproved. That is one reason why debates with Creationists are futile. They tend to make statements that cannot be tested.

<zone65@bigpond.com> 12/20/03 22:53 PM >>>
OK, the question of how Saurpods avoided trampling their young into
brontoburgers must be considered... one idea is that the eggs were laid
in rather deep/wide burrows dug in the ground. The hatchlings would
then live there until they were large enough to emerge, and clever
enough to avoid their elders' feet. Another possibility is the young
lived on mud-islands created by the adults in lakes.

Peter Markmann