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Re: INTRODUCING Microraptor gui (or Cryptovolans pauli, or Microraptor pauli, or...)
T. Holtz wrote:
> Now, for the big interpretation. Xu et al. consider the elongated leg
> feathers as gliding supports, and have a restoration of _Microraptor_ with
> its leg splayed out to the side. I find this very questionable, given
> there is no particular evidence that _Microraptor_ to move into this
> position (which in your typical dinosaur would require popping the femoral
> head out of the socket).
> No, I don't have any good alternative explanation for the elongated leg
> feathers. Rudder? Aid in prey capture?
As in bats using the membrane around the hind limbs and tail to "kick"
insects towards the mouth?
The shapes of things are dumb.