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Sounds intriguing and worth consideration. Is stabilizing the rear legs
during a strike the known function in these extant animals? How does it
work for the extant beasties? By that I mean, what is the mechanism by
which it assists them?
Rob Gay wrote:
> I can't help but wonder if the leg
> feathers in Microraptor functioned the same was as these extant animals
> (stabilizing the rear legs while extending/ed for a strike on prey).