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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Add Dinosaurs to That List

A few days, ago, I posted a list of some animals that routinely delegate childcare to the male of the species. And now, it looks like we can add dinosaurs to this 'involved dad' list. NPR's Morning Edition reported yesterday that scientists suspect several types of dinosaurs to have given egg-warming duties primarily to dads.

The dinosaur mothers used up a lot of energy laying their eggs, it seems. And then they needed to replenish that energy through feeding, leaving dad to tend the babies-to-be. This type of male nesting behavior, the report states, is similar to many other birds - such as ostriches, emus and kiwi birds.

So, way back in prehistoric times, with some of the most ferocious animals ever to walk the Earth, it wasn't unmasculine to take care of the children and tend the home. Even then, mom and dad split the workload into egg-creating vs egg-tending. Something went wrong along the way when our culture sold us the story that this work isn't manly or that both of these tasks belong to women.

The big question is whether or not these dino-daddies shared the feeding and nurturing of their babies once they hatched. For now, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Let's hear it for the dinosaurs (and ostriches, emus and kiwis)!


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