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Re: Archaeopteryx and Flight




On Wed, 14 Dec 1994, Mike Bonham wrote:

> 
> The ground-runner hypothesis is harder to swallow because uses for
> undeveloped wings are less obvious.
> 

Please excuse this interjection by one totally unqualified to comment, 
and this may be purely anecdotal, but, large, flightless birds, such as 
the ostrich and bustard, use their wings to help guide and direct 
themselves while running.  (It is mentioned by Xenophon in _ANABASIS_.)


Tracy <monaghan@cac.washington.edu>
Information Highway Worker
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington