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RE: Theropod Social Behavior (Videos of Possible Analogs)
Woops, I was referring to the creche behavior of the caimans, not the jerky
bird parents. There have been sauropod nests found more or less clumped
together, so I wouldn't be surprised if a single large adult stuck around to
guard hundreds of babies in order to prevent the foliage from being depleted in
the area by a large herd of adults.
> Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 07:28:16 -0500
> Subject: Re: Theropod Social Behavior (Videos of Possible Analogs)
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> >I Wonder if sauropods behaved like this to some degree.
> Agonistic behavior toward adolescents maybe...but I would bet it would
> be centered around reproduction and not food. The striated rook adults
> are claiming a localized resource (the kill). This would be a waste of
> time for a resource that is spread out as in grazing. A better
> analogue for sauropod behavior might be elephants...the bulls defend
> their females against upstart adolescent Lotharios.