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Re: 2Late night thoughts: Pathetica and Interspersal
No, it calms it. You make reasoned points, and make detailed statements
about the record that are credible. Here's what I don't understand about
Lineages 1,2,3,4,... through time. Each gets big, hits an apparent
overarching size limit, then sputters, dies.
and the point is...? (why did Indricotherium get so big? so wolves can't
bite its neck?)
How does that negate predation as driver, and 'predators won" if the size
limit is real? L1,2,3,4 cannot demonstrate an overarching size trend under
I'm confused....are you suggesting that Supersaurus and Seismeosaurus were
running away from Troodons and the like?
(I trust my analogy works well enough)
The "little" guys found refugia, possibly because large bipeds don't like
soft ground. "I fell and I (blub, blub)..." The 'sputterers' can also be
explained by refugia. Prolificity, fortuitous predator population decline,
etc. I guess I should note I use refugia in the broadest sense, as opposed
to the more classical geographical sense.
by that logic, maybe the biggest ones were also the result of refugia.
(they could get big, because they didn't have to worry about the
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