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Re: sauropod breeding





Sure, but that's also where the live mass curve gets interesting. As long as there are significant dips in the supply, the predator population limit is constrained to be less than a population able to eat all the available juveniles, provided the sauropod population is the principal food supply.

A wild conjecture. Since sauropods were presumably very long-lived could they have used the same breeding strategy as e. g. cicadas or bamboo, i e synchronized breeding at long intervals thus "swamping" predators with a vast number of young but leaving lean pickings inbetween breeding episodes? To judge from the cicadas a prime number of years (11, 13, 17, 19) is best since it cannot be tracked by any shorter periodicity.


Tommy Tyrberg