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Re: CNN report on the feathered dino

In a message dated 3/7/02 1:27:27 PM Pacific Standard Time, david.marjanovic@gmx.at writes:

<< > Also, from the CNN story, "Norell said that some modern birds such as
> certain kinds of hawks have big feathers sticking out of the back of their
> limbs.."  Does anyone know why?

I think because they don't retract their legs when they fly; to minimise
drag, they have streamlined shins, in analogy to aeroplanes with fixed
wheels.  >>

      Hawks retract their legs in flight just like any other bird.  DV