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Re: Digit Loss

In a message dated 6/7/01 5:07:45 PM EST, dinoland@lycos.com writes:

<< I definitely tend to agree with George that digit loss occurs for a 
reason!  When theropods continued to lose digits there was obviously 
something, either a newly evolved structure or some sort of evolutionary 
pressure, that made keeping all five digits harmful.   >>

Exactly. Good to see that someone else acknowledges that digital loss isn't 
just something that merely happens willy-nilly when the limbs become 
reduced/modified. Wonder, for example, why Mononykus lost all but the first 
ungual of its manual digits. Must be connected withits lifestyle, which