Post by Blade-of-the-Moon on Aug 11, 2011 19:35:27 GMT
It's been known for awhile now though hasn't it ? That plesiosaurs and mosasaurs and the like couldn't have dragged themselves ashore to lay eggs like sea turtles. So live birth had to have occurred if that's so. I guess the real story is that they had one big " calf " much like whales then instead of a bunch of small babies. It's interesting...but most paleoartists I've seen have usually been depicting them with only one baby for a while now. It does makes sense they stick to the shallows away from larger predators as well. Whether the adults consciously protected them though...I dun know....it sounds the like the story is trying to take loving and caring dinosaur family idea and apply it the prehistoric marine reptiles as well now. Give it time and we'll prob get similar pterosaur stories.. if we haven't already...
So animals need to be smart to live in groups ? Marine Iguanas, crocodilians, ect..all can live in groups if I recall.
" Way out West are boney clues of many an ancient clash, preserved by deadly sand and mud and dark volcanic ash, these late Jurassic sediments, the Morrison Formation, a record of the Allosaurus, Prince of all Predation..." - Jurassic Punk
A very interesting find, and i don't see anything wrong thinking that plesiosaurs were intelligent animals which cared for their youngs... Seriously, the tired "reptiles are stupid, duurrr" clichè must disappear once and for all
...And in his final moments,the armored dinosaur learned the most important lesson of the Cretaceous age:
"never mess with the King" ---------------------------------------