Incubation time as an important influence on egg production and distribution into clutches for sauropod dinosaurs

@inproceedings{Ruxton2014IncubationTA,
  title={Incubation time as an important influence on egg production and distribution into clutches for sauropod dinosaurs},
  author={G. Ruxton and G. Birchard and D. Deeming},
  booktitle={Paleobiology},
  year={2014}
}
Abstract Individual egg size and clutch size of the largest of the dinosaurs (the sauropods) are both smaller than might be expected for such large oviparous organisms. We suggest that these effects can be understood in the light of likely incubation times of sauropod eggs. Using allometric relationships from extant birds and crocodilians, we estimate that time from laying to hatching was likely to have been 65–82 days. If total predation risk varies with length of incubation time, there may be… Expand
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