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Re: Sauroparental care
On Tue, 23 Dec 2003, Graydon wrote:
> Straight R strategy, lay'em and leave'em.
> Parental care has a cost. This cost is not obviously, or always, lower
> than the cost of producing lots and lots of offspring.
> A species would give up parental care if, as a matter of statistical
> averages, more offspring got into the future where they themselves
> survived to breed from more R-strategist parents than more K-strategist
> parents -- if the survival chances are even very marginally higher for
> producing 80 eggs and walking away instead of 50, and stepping on some
> of the offspring, say.
One thought that occurred to me is that, for sauropods at least, is that
creatures that size would need a great deal of food themselves. Would they
not strip the immediate area if they were hanging around to provide care?