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RE: Sickle Claws (was "a little background")

This fits in with a little idea of mine, that the feathers and some jumping
were sexual displays.  The more advanced the jump, the more interested would
be the mates.  The better the feathers, the longer your jump time.  (I did
more on this about 18 months ago - check the list archives).

I think that the bird-like dinosaurs could run and jump, and also they would
probably run up trees and pounce on their prey.

To add one more additional function to the feathers, I also like Tom Hopp's
brooding idea.

Allan Edels

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
Waylon Rowley
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2002 7:01 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: RE: Sickle Claws (was "a little background")

Tim Williams wrote:

> I think you've pin-pointed *exactly* what
> _Microraptor_ and the ancestors of birds used their
> sickle-claws for: pouncing from trees onto
> small prey below.

    It's easy to imagine flight evolving from
pouncing/parachuting behavior. Obviously some of these
keen lil mammals would see the predator coming and
make a run for it. Evolution would favor those animals
capable of controlling their descent with more
accuracy and prolonging "air time". That might explain
the increased EQ in some very bird-like maniraptors as
well as a more sophisticated auditory apparatus (e.g.
Troodontids). Anyway, I'm getting off topic here.....

Waylon Rowley

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