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In a message dated 95-12-01 20:25:41 EST, Robert.J.Meyerson@uwrf.edu (Rob
Meyerson) writes:

>How does the evolution of the patagium (the flap of skin covering the
>forearm, forming the airfoil shape) fit in with all of this?  Perhaps
>explaining how that evolved could help us solve this riddle?

That would be a pterosaur and bat adaptation, not (as far as I know, but
anything is possible, etc., etc.) an avian adaptation.