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

On Wed, 5 Jan 2005, Ronald Orenstein wrote:

> 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.

Forgive me if I misunderstand, but I thought the authors were not talking
about _competition_ for the eagle.  Rather, they were saying there were no
predators _of_ the eagle.