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Re: ARE ORNITHOPODS BORING?



On Wed, 14 Feb 2001 darren.naish@port.ac.uk wrote:

[Ducks]
> Errm... the evolution of carpal spurs and knobs, extreme pugnacity and
> territoriality, nest parasitism, creching behaviour, parental carrying of
> young both in the water and (!) in the air, monogamous pair-bonding,
> underwater copulation and the (?)reinvention of the penis, major
> sexual variation in tracheal structure, grass-eating and 20-minute gut
> carrying time, niche partitioning according to intestine size, carrion
> feeding on Subantarctic islands, the evolution of fern-eating, island
> giantism, island dwarfism, crepuscularity, serrated bill margins, filter
> feeding with buccal lamellae, deep-diving, species where males are
> flightless but females flighted, coevolution of browsing forms with
> spiky lobelioideaens, repeated increases and decreases in body size
> during phylogeny, the annual transportation of TONNES of sand... and,
> pant pant pant, quacking.
>
> How *ON EARTH* can ducks be boring?????

As a friend of mine likes to point out: how many animals can swim, dive,
fly, walk, *and* quack?

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