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Re: "Flight theory has legs"

On Friday, July 11, 2003, at 01:15 AM, Tim Williams wrote:


I'm not quite convinced. I wonder if Chris examined the hand-claws of theropods. After all, sinornithosaurs, microraptors and archaeopterygians had *four* limbs to climb trees with.

Chris did not look at hand claws (and made that clear) - the predatory function of the hand claws in many species would have clouded his results at this early stage. After talking to him at length about his thesis, I'd have to say that his position on the origin of flight is somewhat more complex than the article would suggest. He is also looking at the possibility of a functional split that would allow the hand and foot claws to specialise for different tasks.

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