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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.
From: Richard W. Travsky [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 23 December 2003 15:10
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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