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Re: bird origins / pouncing scenario -Reply

Jonathan Wagner wrote: " If I am not mistaken, Dr. Norton postulates that
they carried smaller prey with their feet.  The problem with this is how
did they push off for the jump..."

My fantasy was that the creature would jump back up into the branches
with the small prey in its mouth, leaving the feet free for leaping and the
forelimbs free for balance, lift, etc.


James M. Norton, Ph.D.
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