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Re: Archaeopteryx running
Williams, Tim wrote:
> Sorry to hear about your Mom; hope everything's OK.
Thank you, Tim.
> So do I - but I think my reasons are different to yours. I look at things
> from a functional anatomical viewpoint.
I didn't realize I didn't. Thanks for pointing it out.
> I find it difficult to believe that proavian suddenly just used its forelimbs
> for an aerodynamic and/or
> locomotive purpose.
> I think the forelimbs had to be "led into" such a purpose, via an exaptive
> pathway - in other words, their *use* for one
> function pre-adapted them to another function (in this case, flight).
Again, me too. But I would point out that archie would hopefully be able to run
fast enough to land without being obligated to go fanny over teakettle.