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Segregated vs age-mixed sauropod herds
From what I've been reading, there seems to be a good amount of
evidence for segregated sauropod herds, but not as much for mixed
age. If there were mixed age groups, would the youngsters have been
cared for at birth until they were older as some accounts suggest?
That seems silly to me, as the food requirements for sauropods would
cause the herd to constantly keep moving, and all those little feet
would surly slow the faster moving adults. Or, would the lighter
juveniles be able to keep up with the weightier adults? I recall
reading that there are sauropod trackways with juveniles in tow to
support the mixed theory, but are there bone beds too?
I suppose that there were many different strategies that were
employed by the many sauropod species, just like the many kinds of
child rearing/abandoning behavior in crocs and turtles.