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Re: Caudofemoralis and theropod limb proportions



Stephen Gatesy wrote:
>I think that a much stronger constraint is limiting femur length in birds.
>The lower limb elements are where proportions are freer to evolve.  If
>birds are selected for long legs (including long running legs), the
>tibiotarsus and tarsometatarsus elongate, whereas the femur remains more in
>size with the body.  The result is an ostrich or flamingo or stilt that has
>a tiny femur relative to the tarsometatarsus.
        How well established is this? I know that the femur is commonly used
as an indicator of body size, but I've always wondered how reliable this is.
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