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Re: Mononykus

In a message dated 95-08-05 05:02:06 EDT, pwillis@ozemail.com.au (Paul
Willis) writes:

>What about classic gouldian spandrels? These are structures that appear only
>as relicts of the animals' ancestry, with no adaptive function.

Mononykus forelimbs ultimately were vestigial monodactyl wings, but they seem
too adaptively evolved (relatively massive claws, powerful olecranon
processes, etc.) not to have had some kind of function. I think they were way
too small to have been used for digging, however.

George O.