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> You could indeed look for traces of mounds (I doubt sauropods
> burrowed, they lack any of the morphological features of a burrower).
I'm sure they were capable of digging. See that spiked claw on their front feet?
> However, a mound would tell you nothing about parent care.
It'd be a start, wouldn't it? The very existence of a mound (or deep hole in
the ground) would indeed be an indicator of basic parental care, as any nest
is. Is it better not to look for anything in case it isn't there? Don't have
ideas in case they're wrong? Wait for evidence to fall into your lap without
first pondering possibilities??
>Just the structure of the nest.
And maybe evidence of regurgitation. Hey, or maybe not - but it's worth
thinking about and looking into rather than dismissing as unprovable or
likening to Creationist claptrap.
> 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.
>>>>> <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
>> 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