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Re: The Lizard of Oz



ah, but if they could find a faster way down from the branch to the
ground...perhaps a little bugger in the past jumped from branches.  just
because it isn't done today doesn't mean that it was never done in the
past. just more fanciful thoughts...take it with a couple grains of NaCl.

chris

On Tue, 27 Mar 2001, David Marjanovic wrote:

> > The little hunter doesn't require highly-specialized perching or gliding
> > capabilities - just the ability to climb trees and "sit and wait" in the
> > tree-tops.  Well done, Frilled lizard!
> >
> > I would be surprised if this behavior has never evolved in any other group
> > of small predators.  Even better, if these predators could evolve
> > drag-creating structures of some kind to slow down their descents and
> > provide extra maneuverability while in the air...
> 
> If I have correctly understood, these lizards don't jump down from their
> trees (unlike cats...) but run down the trunk, which makes the evolution of
> anything involved with aerodynamics rather improbable.
>