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Re: Sauropod eating habits

That was kinda my point though I think I got lost trying to put it across, elephants in tough enviroments do indeed impact on their enviroment (like parts of agrica) but elephnats in lush enviromnets, such as those most sauropods would have been in, would have had less of an impact, thus they could saty in an area and 'nest' for some time...if of course any of this is true.

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>From: Gautam Majumdar >Reply-To: gmajumdar@freeuk.com >To: dinosaur@usc.edu >Subject: Re: Sauropod eating habits >Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 07:58:23 +0000 > >On Wednesday 24 Dec 2003 5:35 am, Phil Hore wrote: > > One thing I've noticed throughout this thread is how many people > > claim a sauropod would strip the land bare. Do we have any honest > > estimates of sauropod consumption? They're are not mammals after all > > and would possibly (this is a guess) eat about as much as an > > elephant. Elepants are very harsh on the landscape, and can actualy > > terra-form it, but they do live in a very harsh envirmoment. > > > > From everything I can see the Jurassic landscape was quiet lush > > (though a little hot) and would have pro! vi! ! ded plaenty off food. > > Extended feeding would indeed strip a land scape, but just how long > > would they be in the area? A month? A good sized forest would have no > > problems with a sauropod herd with an archosaurian diet. > >Not all elephants live in harse environment. Most Asian elephants & all >African forest elephants (L.cyclotis - now a separate species) live in >lush rain forests. Though they influence the structure of the forest to >some minor extent, they certainly do not strip the forest bare. There >is no obvious reason to believe that sauropods would do anything >different to lush Jurassic forests. > >-- > >Gautam Majumdar > >Please send e-mails to gmajumdar@freeuk.com >

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