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Re: Combined answer Archaeopteryx running...
Williams, Tim wrote:
> The long fingers of pterosaurs supported the wing.
Only the 4th finger. The other three supported the wing when the wing was on
> Did the immediate ancestors of the Pterosauria retain a prehensile manus, or
> was it absorbed into the
> flight surface from the get-go?
It was never absorbed into the flight surface.
> I DO believe Archie's anatomy was conservative - at least osteologically.
> Again, I think Ostrom is spot-on. Stripped of its feathers, one would be
> hard put recognizing _Archaeopteryx_ as a flighted bird.
And that is exactly why I think archie is not conservative.