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Re: bauplan convergence



In a message dated 6/15/00 12:22:59 PM EST, bettyc@flyinggoat.com writes:

<< Wings are a major portion of MANY bird mating displays.  It seems
 likel;y that's what proto-feathered owings were for before flight.  And
 the hoppy flappy thing seems most likley to introduce launch situations
 to such animals. >>

Whatever other uses proto-wings may have had, at any and all stages of their 
evolution, display was certainly one of them. Wings are a major and highly 
visible part of dinobird and bird anatomy; it is inconceivable that they 
would not be incorporated into display behavior.