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RE: Elephants and hyenas

On Mon, Apr 8th, 2013 at 4:39 AM, john-schneiderman@cox.net wrote:

> I think that the ways of birds and crocodylia are our best models for 
> parental care and/or defense of the young within the dinosauria. 
> Dinosaurs were not mammals and mammal behaviour shouldn't be used as a 
> guide to what we consider dinosaur behaviour. Tempting as it is.

Then again, birds and crocs are highly specialised archosaurs. We can't assume 
that non-avian 
dinosaurs behaved any more like modern archosaurs than they did modern mammals. 

Using modern archosaurs as non-avian dinosaur behavioural analogues is like 
trying to reconstruct 
behavioural patterns of elephants by only looking at those of bats and seals.


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj