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RE: Why non-avian dinosaurs weren't able to survive

> From: Ronald Orenstein [mailto:ron.orenstein@rogers.com]
> Sent: Monday, November 23, 2015 11:49 AM
> To: tholtz@umd.edu
> Cc: dinosaurtom2015@seznam.cz; dinosaur@usc.edu; bcreisler@gmail.com
> 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.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu         Phone: 301-405-4084
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