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Re: How did dromaeosaurs use their arms?

Would the early proto-feathers on the animal might not have been so
aerodynamic and then  produced more drag?  Then the aerodynamic qualities
of flight  feathers evolved as flight advanced?  I was just thinking of
this since flight feathers did not develope fully formed and most of the
descriptions of early feathers I've seen describe them as more hair like
with very poor aerodynamic qualities.


On Mon, 15 May 2000, Patrick Norton wrote:

> Nick Pharris wrote:
> >But feathers produce a huge amount of air resistance, and that can affect
> mobility as well, especially if the animal is light and has a high center of
> gravity.<
> Actually, feather covering  has been shown to intrinsically decrease drag
> and enhance lift (see: Werner Nachtigall, Starlings and starling models in
> wind tunnels, Journal of Avian Biology, 29: 478-484.)  But Nick's point
> remains valid--that changes in the aerodynamic performance of limb elements
> certainly has the potential to change the animal's maneuverability, perhaps
> less so in two dimensions, but perhaps more markedly so in three dimensions.
> Pat