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Re: Gliders to Fliers? (Was Re: Ruben Strikes Back)
In a message dated 9/26/99 1:17:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Well, since I'm back at my computer I'll put in my 2 cents worth. IMHO there
> was no decoupling of the front and hind legs in pre-flying birds because
> they weren't connected by any type of membrane. They had 'FEATHERS' which
> do not connect to the arms and hind legs.
I think you misunderstand what I meant by "decoupling". I am certainly not
proposing that the fore-and hindlimbs of birds were ever physically connected
by a membrane. I use the term "decoupling" in the sense that the arms and
legs of theropods function independently, the legs for walking/running and
the arms for grasping/flying.