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Re: Screaming dromaeosaur biplane killers of the air
> Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 23:00:23 EST
> From: GSP1954@aol.com
> In all modern birds large, strongly asymmetrical distal primaries
> with trim edges are always used for flight, display is at best a
> secondary function. Since this form applies to the distal leg
> feathers [of _M. gui_] the only logical scientific conclusion is
> that they evolved primarily for flight, and that display was at most
> a secondary use. If the dromaeosaur's leg feathers were the same
> size yet symmetrical then it could only be concluded that they were
> for display. But this is not the case, ergo arguing that
> aerodynamic feathers were mainly for display is not logical of
Sorry if I'm being dense here, but in arguing that the leg feathers
were involved in flight in the same way as the arm feathers, and
having also argued that _M. gui_ was a true flapping flying rather
than a glider, are you saying that it flapped its legs?
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> www.miketaylor.org.uk
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