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Re: Brooding over dinos
Tom Hopp wrote:
<< highly engineered for BROODING >>
<All you need, basically, is some kind of cover. Whatever insulatory
or flight-related aerodynamic structures that were available would do.
For example, it is entirely possible that pterosaurs used their
membraneous wings for brooding their eggs. No need for specialized
flight feathers here. Would you say pterosaur wings evolved for
brooding, and were then exapted for flight?>
Hmmm. Little thing:
1) presumption of tachymetabolism developing or
having developed. In an unusual environment, oh,
say, the frigid cold around southern
Gondwanaland's way, warmth is required along with
quick, efficient predator/prey abilities to
hunt/kill, flee/fight, etc.
2) arms develop capturing musculature, to snap the
a) consequently, claws develop into bigger,
b) the hand is modified, with adaptations to
orient the fingers and claws respective to the
hand and/or wrist
c) the animal finds it is much easier to climb
with this new hand and claws. It starts on the
3) integument is derived to produce mobile layers
(like protofeathers or hair) that aid in motion,
a) More importantly, they aid in aerodynamics and
insulation to a greater degree than before.
They trap heat.
b) the protofeathers develop barbules, to create
an even more efficient insulator, and
subsequently, under the arm is one of the
warmest parts of the body. It can also be one
of the coolest in hot weather, a perfect
c) the brooding wing.
4) the arm develops the upward-angling humerus
a) this becomes an efficient "parasol"
b) it also adapts the arm musculature to
compensate for the new range of motion (i.e.,
a more efficient "slap" motion)
c) not only that, the animal is scurrying across
branches, trunks, etc. much faster and better
than lizards or insects can. It is now the top
arboreal predator. It's good to be king.
5) the animal, to hunt its food, finds that not only
can it quickly catch the food with the snap, it
can better protect its young, previously hunched
under the nest material.
6) the ability to stay in the air longer when going
after flying, fleeing prey is developed, and the
animal suddenly gains an evolutionary niche.
Unfortunately, there are pterosaurs around.
Competition is the purest form of development.
The two forms compete to develop the best ability
to do what ever it is they do.
Well, that covers BiCF and BrCF somewhat, and CCF (Climbing Came
First), and sets the stage for BADD and BAMM and BIFF (Birds In
Frequent Fracases, or Fighting Came First [in which case it would be
Case closed! Yeah, right!
Jaime A. Headden
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