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Re: flights of fancy (or "I'm brave, but I'm chicken****")
> When there is no evidence either way, you opt for the explanation that makes
> more sense. While nobody said that evolution _has_ to make sense, it usually
> does when the evidence is in and the smoke clears. Pigs _could_ evolve wings
> sprouting out of their backs, but the fact that no known mammal has yet done
> so gives us a clue that it probably won't happen with pigs, either.
Saying all the evidence is in and the smoke has cleared on the bird
fossil record is jumping the gun a bit.
> >Except that it might well have developed adaptations to counter this
> >problem. After all, an Ostrich is an extremely fast runner with
> >fairly-large, well-feathered wings and it seems to manage.
> Yeah--or it could simply lose the feathers, which according to BCF happened
> in most of the large-theropod lineages.
Sure it could, but it DIDN'T.