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Re: Arboreal? Flying?



At 06:32 AM 4/20/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Grant Harding wrote:
>> 
>> Which of these animals was probably arboreal, and which could fly?
>> 
>
>Archy, Patagopteryx, Iberomesornis, and Ichthyornis are birds, and I'm
>pretty sure all of them could fly.

Whoa!!!  Patagopteryx is most definitely a NON-flying bird!!

>Compsognathus could have been arboreal; it's certainly small enough.
>
>Procompsognathus -- is that even a valid taxon anymore?

Even if the skull doesn't belong with the body (as Sereno and others have
suggested), the postcranium is still a valid ceratosaurian taxon.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
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