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Re: Velociraptor Footprints( Arundel contemporary)

In a message dated 97-08-27 03:12:32 EDT, martz@holly.ColoState.EDU writes:

<< Getting down off the back of a large animal is a little safer if you
 have wings.  Most dromeosaurs were larger then the aforementioned birds,
 so jumping to the ground, especially without a braking mechanism, might be
 a little hazardous.  Also, I assume that these birds FLY up onto the backs
 of thier platforms, although I suppose the dromeosaurs could claw thier
 way up armoured backs if the herbivore felt inclined to let them. >>

Aha. Cursorial dinosaurs evolved the ability to fly so that they could reside
on the backs of large dinosaurs. A novel hypothesis indeed.