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Re: Arms into wings

In a message dated 3/3/99 4:36:29 PM EST, tsg94001@uconnvm.uconn.edu writes:

<< Makes perfect sense.  Except for the bit about the transition from brooding
 to flight.  Long arms: check.  Long feathers: check.  Now, what was the
 proto-bird doing with its arms immediately before its descendents began
 flapping them. >>

Exactly the right question. Note, however, that if the long arms and long
feathers (and preumably flying) come first, then exaptation for brooding
follows easily and naturally.