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RE: perching Rahonavis



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From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of aspidel
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2001 4:08 AM
To: The Dinosaur Mailing List
Subject: perching Rahonavis


Hi dino-listers,


In http://cas.bellarmine.edu/tietjen/images/theropod_ancestry_of_birds.htm#B1 , Catherine A. Forster et al. tell us:

"The digits of the left foot of Rahona were found in articulation and show that digit I is reversed relative to the other digits, a configuration known only in birds."


Does it mean that _Rahonavis_ was capable of perching like extant birds, and much easily than _Archaeopteryx_?


Sure, why not. I don’t see why this flying dromaeosaurids couldn’t perch like it’s brothers (or am I getting ahead of my research?).


Tracy L. Ford

P. O. Box 1171

Poway Ca  92074


PS. My dino.hunter@home.com account may go off line because of the Excite debacle. If it does I’ll have to switch back to my old account, which I still have.