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Re: BCF and BADD

In a message dated 95-11-29 12:43:37 EST, swf@ElSegundoCA.ATTGIS.COM (Stan
Friesen) writes:

>The minimum way out of this problem is for at least some small theropods
>to have been arboreal. This is not as strange as it might sound. In a
>small animal arboreal adaptations can be quite minimal - squirrels have
>feet that are not that much different than those of terrestrial rodents.
>(In fact there are very few rodents that cannot climb at need). Thus
>a small (Compsognathus-sized) theropod might well be able to climb
>without any special adaptations at all.

Why stay with "minimal"? Go for the whole enchilada!

And you're absolutely right about the arboreality adaptations. Given _just_
the skeletons, I don't think any zoologist could show that squirrels are
primarily arboreal, prairie dogs and gophers are fossorial, and rats are

That's why, when you find something in the skeleton that looks--even
vaguely--like an adaptation for arboreality, it greatly strengthens the