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Re: Phytodinosauria status
> In a message dated 6/8/01 2:03:54 PM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> << Mmm... did I say that? ~:-| I didn't mean to, anyway. I wanted to say
> as others have mentioned, a four-legged climber that begins to jump and
> glide should end up with either no extremities (*Draco volans*,
> Weigeltisauridae, Kuehneosauridae) or all (all gliding mammals; bats)
> involved in the wings. >>
> "Should"? As in "inevitably"? Are you kidding? How about pterosaurs?
Hmm... all examples I know of have ended up this way. I'm not sure that
pterosaurs descended from four-legged climbers (even the Pterosaur Home
Page, which puts pterosaurs in Prolacertiformes, disagrees, IIRC), and even
if -- *Sordes* and AFAIK others have a cruropatagium, and in *Pterodactylus*
the brachiopatagia insert on the femur, totally unlike birds.