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Re: attack on dinosaur--horrific video

----- Original Message ----- From: "don ohmes" <d_ohmes@yahoo.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: attack on dinosaur--horrific video

Lastly, a question -- does predation really appear in the record to be a primary extinctor of taxa? It sometimes happens of course, transgression of island refugia by invasive species being a prime example, but isn't it usually more of a 'coup-de-grace' type of thing, in populations reduced by environmental change or niche competition?

This is very much the question I am trying to keep open. But I agree, there is probably never a single reason--rather, complex synergy between factors is the rule. My only point here is that the equation is affected by the reproductive mode of the relevant species.