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Re: Phylogeny of Maniraptora
You're interpreting me correctly. There are times when being coplanar
would be an advantage. There are other times when being actively
non-coplanar might offer even more advantage. I gather from your
phrasing below that you accept hindlimb involvement in all wings
associated with patagiums. If so, is that a functional requirement?
Tim Williams wrote:
> James R. Cunningham <email@example.com> wrote:
> >Would you actually want them to be truly coplanar?
> Not necessarily. But that's the configuration illustrated in the
> description of _M. gui_ by Xu et al. (2003). Coplanar forewings and
> hindwings could work in concert to provide the functional equivalent of a
> patagium. If I'm interpreting your response correctly, then I agree: the
> forewings and hindwings might have acted independently in aerial locomotion.
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