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RE: Sauroparental care

It's not unknown for animals to near-starve themselves when rearing young.
So this is not a given.

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard W. Travsky [mailto:rtravsky@uwyo.edu] 
Sent: 23 December 2003 15:10
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: 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?

> [...]

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