[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]

Confusion over Confuciusornis

In the June Scientific American there is a debate between Feduccia et al
versus Padian & Chiappe over Confuciusornis. The latter are quite correct that
the usual body posture was horizontal. A problem with Martin's restoration,
and P & C's revised version, is that the legs are too long. As can be seen in
the accompanying photo, the hindlegs were quite short, with the femur some 15%
shorter than the humerus. The smallness of the hindlimbs, plus the large
reversed hallux, favor the bird being arboreal rather than a ground runner.