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Re: The life of birds



In a message dated 12/3/98 4:17:50 PM EST, dannj@alphalink.com.au writes:

<< Dave (or at least his researchers) makes a good argument on why
 flight may have developed. He uses the fact that many birds have
 become flightless in predator-free environments to suggest that
 flight may have originally arisen to escape predation. >>

This argument is given some space in my Mesozoic Meanderings #2 (1991), and
I'm sure it must go back many decades before that. One minor point:
arboreality in archosaurs was likely an attempt to escape from predators;
flying would come later, as a solution to the Falling Problem in a lineage of
arboreal archosaurs.