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Re: cause of Gigantism in sauropods

Some (Loggerheads) in the Sargasso sea. Terrestrial analogue?

And, in general, turtles can't be a good analogue for sauropods.
1. They appear out of a completely different medium and so do not
alert predators. Compare this to a lumbering herd of sauropods
trekking to nesting grounds.
2. Because of water access, they can _and do_ lay in places with
reduced predation pressure. Can't think of a place Titanosaurs could
get to that their predators could not.
3. Not sure of specifics here but would bet that sauropod eggs' optima
were more stringent than those of turtles.

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM, David Marjanovic
<david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
>> > Well, yeah. Enough hatchlings need to conceal themselves quickly
>> > enough.
>>  quite difficult, when you need to feed and outgrow your average
>>  cycad thicket. It works for aquatic creatures, but not for
>>  terrestrial ones that grow to several tons before being halfway safe.
>>  :(
> How actually does it work for sea turtles? It's completely unknown where
> they spend their first several years, isn't it? I don't know how to hide in
> the sea while needing to breathe air.