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Re: new paper

T. Michael Keesey writes:

Well, as I understand it (not having read it yet), the paper's not
discounting group hunting at all, but casting doubt on the idea of
organized pack hunting. Unless your illustrations somehow specifically
depict organized hunting vs. mobbing, there may not be too much of a

Indeed. Even nile crocodiles cooperate with each other in a loose way when migrating mega-herds of herbivores are crossing rivers (large crocs will stay submerged in the deep water, while smaller crocs actively herd the herbivores towards them). When it comes time to share the spoils, several crocs will anchor the carcass while others take turns twisting off pieces.

It's nowhere near as complex as the sort of 'true' pack hunting you'd see in canids, but it *is* a form of cooperation (and it gets the job done).


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