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Re: the supracoracoideus system and bird flight

>     An early flyer is bound to be a crappy one.  Its my impression that 
>all the characteristics that made Archaeopteryx a bad flier are primitive 
>characteristics, not characteristics that might have evolved for a 
>specific lifestyle other than flight.  Archaeopteryx may simply have not 
>been in the flying business long enough to have find tuned its anatomy.  Why 
>would an early  bird using its feathers for soemthing other than flight be 
>motivated to evolve IMPROVEMENTS on flight capacity like the block-like 
>pelvis, flexible wishbone, longer primaries, pygostyle, and thick  sternum?  



Q.  What gastropod is a constant skeptic?

A.  Abalone.