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Re: Back to climbing coelurosaurs (was RE: Species & Giraffe necks)



At 03:58 PM 4/12/99 -0400, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
>So, nothing wrong with getting small-to-midsized coelurosaurs up in the
>trees per se.  However, graspability has other (not mutually exclusive)
>functions, and the feet of these forms do not show marked climbing
>adaptations.  So, you could argue pretty well for scansoriality, but it
>would be more difficult to defend full-fledged arboreality.
>
That is about where I have gotten to.

One subtle point though: as most fossil localities are from relatively dry,
less forested, habitats, I am not sure that true arboreal forms have a
great deal of chance to be fossilized.

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