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Re: Audobon bird/dino article



In a message dated 97-03-18 03:13:39 EST,
martin.jehle@klinik.uni-regensburg.de (Martin Jehle) writes:

<< Bipedal dinosaurs could have attained the necessary speed for taking off 
 by running, especially dinosaurs as well adapted for running as 
 dromaeosaurs. >>

This might work, except that ancestral dino-birds probably did not have well
enough developed wings. If an animal's forelimbs are not already winglike,
>no< amount of running will get it off the ground. Wings--of some kind--had
to come first; bipedal running for takeoffs later.