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Re: New Zealand's Giant Eagle Showed Rapid Size Gain



At 11:24 PM 1/4/2005, Richard W. Travsky wrote:
No other predators allowed this dinosaur - er bird to reach large size?
Interesting relationship. How general is that?

Well, insular gigantism is a pretty well-known phenomenon in both plants and animals. As for predators, a mammalian example might be the fossa, which may well have increased in size on Madagascar in the absence of other large mammalian predators.



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