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Re: Copeing with mammals
Nothing dead or alive can compete with a
pteranodontid or azhdarchid.
1. Too small. Won't eat food of the same size class.
2. The only evidence for albatrosses before the late Oligocene is a
Maastrichtian furcula (!!!) from the arguably wrong hemisphere.
It is conceivable that their juveniles are better than
pteros at avoiding long range aerial predators (e.g., frigate birds?).
If so, they are better competitors.
Not if big pterosaurs, like neornithine birds, grow first and learn to fly
I think you are grasping for straws in this case.