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Re: Sauroparental care



On Tue, 23 Dec 2003, Graydon wrote:
> [...]
> > From: Richard W. Travsky [mailto:rtravsky@uwyo.edu] 
> >
> > 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?
> 
> There's probably a great deal of niche partitioning going on between an
> adult sauropod and a hatchling -- the hatchling is much smaller, and
> can't reach as high off the ground.   It's presumably nibbling on ferns,
> while the parents are pushing over/denuding trees.

er not quite what I meant. If the parents are there til the eggs hatch and
the young are old enough to manage on their own, this represents a period
of time that is probably measured in weeks. And that in turn means a lot
of food for the parents.