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RE: All this flying talk---then comes the why..or something
On Wednesday, April 15, 1998 9:16 PM, DinosOMP [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
> Curtis B. Olson wrote:
> > Extant "flying" frogs of the genus Rhacophorus glide from tree to tree.
> > Escaping danger is just a one benefit of this adaptation. It also allows
> > mating animals to glide to each other's tree, and be there first.
> But I suppose the frogs adapted flying FIRST to avoid danger, THEN they found
> out that
> it was fun to play whith the flying abilities.
Why are you making that supposition? Consider: they glide for mating reasons
on a regular, periodic basis, every mating season. Gliding to escape occurs
without frequency (i.e., infrequently). Do adaptations evolve to deal with
regular behaviour, or random events?
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