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Re: FLUFF AND FALLING (fwd)
In a message dated 95-12-08 10:46:00 EST, longrich@phoenix.Princeton.EDU
(Nicholas R. Longrich) writes:
> So yes, small animals like squirrels are a lot less likely to
>suffer broken bones. One reason arboreal animals often tend to be small.
>Another way, of course, you can decrease broken bones or injuries in
>general, upon hitting another branch or the ground, is to increase
>surface area: probably one function of a squirrel's tail, probably a
>reason why flying squirrels might have started evolving patagiums, and
>possibly a good reason for an arboreal theropod to evolve some longer
>feathers (not necessarily the vaned kind).
But of course.