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RE: Why non-avian dinosaurs weren't able to survive
> From: Ronald Orenstein [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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> Subject: Re: Why non-avian dinosaurs weren't able to survive
> What about reproductive rate? Large animals with low birth rates and long
> generation times may have had more survival
> than smaller animals with lager broods, adapted to conditions under which
> infant mortality was high.
That is true, and important for the Quaternary megafaunal extinctions.
But so far as we have reconstructed, dinosaurs had high birth rates and short
generation times: life fast, die young, and make lots
of babies (who mostly die).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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