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Re: Can we tell if any dinosaurs observed semelparity?
Assuming that multi-year associations of dinosaurs are actually family
groups (not an absolutely safe assumption, but a pretty secure one), then
we have multiple broods of Psittacosaurus, Sinornithomimus, tyrannosaurs,
many centrosaurines, hadrosaurids, and more found together. Since a
semelparous taxon cannot--by definition--produce more than one brood,
semelparity in dinosaurs seems highly unlikely.
Anthony Docimo wrote:
> I was reading an essay by David Quammen about semelparity in bamboo and
> salmon, and my thought was "could sauropods do this? the long-lived
> females lay their eggs and leave them to the males, while the females limp
> away to draw the predators *away* from the eggs and males."
> Is there any way to tell which, if any, of the dinosaurs practiced
> semelparity? (having a long long life, breeding once & producing scores
> of young, then dying)
> thank you.
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