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Re: flapping from gliding
From: Nick Longrich <longrich@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
> > However, is it no possible that the "difficult" step is the transition
> > from gliding to powered flight?
> ... aquatic fliers. There are a number of animals, ...
> the flying gurnard (I think...) and, unless Iheard
> wrong, some kinds of squid. I'd guess they evolved leaping to evade
> predators, ...
> The big mystery is insects. There aren't many insects today
> that give a clue to how flight may have evolved-
In my opinion the best current theory is the "aquatic" theory for
the origin of insect flight. The experiments with mayfly larvae
are quite instructive, and IMHO fairly convincing. [Note, convincing,
The peace of God be with you.