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RE: Scansoriality in Some Jehol Theropods



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Chris Collinson
>
>
> Ok, pardon my ignorance, but what defines Scansoriality, and how does it
> differ from arborality?
> Thanks.
> -Chris Collinson

Scansoriality = climbing ability.

Arboreality = spends the majority of its time in the trees.

So cats (for instance) are scansors: they have excellent climbing
specializations, but they mostly hunt, breed, sleep, drink, etc. on the
ground.

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