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Re: INTRODUCING Microraptor gui (or Cryptovolans pauli, or Microraptor pauli, or...)
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> No, I don't have any good alternative explanation for the elongated leg
> feathers. Rudder?
Yes, it could possibly be used for that, in partial compensation for
reduced tail control, but I tend to suspect that other non-flight
oriented factors may be equally important.
Aid in prey capture? Display? Genetic link by serial
> homology with the arm feathers? Nevertheless, given the constraints of the
> pelvic anatomy, I do not see how the leg feathers could be used as a
> laterally-oriented flight surface.
I have no opinion on that, not having seen the pelvic structure.
Assuming it is well enough preserved, it should give an immediate answer
for your observation.
> Very cool things.
They sure are.