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Re: Theropod Ontogeny
On Fri, 24 Oct 2003 Pluto77189@aol.com wrote:
> A little bit of info regarding the difference in tyrannosaur
> adults and juviniles... Komodo dragons will sometimes take down prey
> as a group. Dominance also plays into feeding as well. The young
> hatch(without parental care), and live a TOTALLY different live than
> the adults. They are better climbers, have different camo, and eat
> insects and lizards. They also have to avoid the adults, or they'll
> get eaten. Eventually, after a few years, they get big enough to
> start joining in on feedings, if not at a low rank. The bigger they
> get, the more the rely on large prey as food, and the less they have
> to chase insects and lizards.
> I guess we have to wonder if the dinosaurs behaved (socially) like
> birds, or like reptiles.
Well, you may have to ask which dinosaurs behaved like what.
Don't forget the parental behavior attributed to maiasaura...