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Re: Spinosaurs ate pterosaurs
Er... spiders as well?
In any case, whether or not Epidendrosaurus parachuted after insects or not,
one point has to be mentioned:
Among all the gliding animals, parachuting is used as a form of locomotion,
not as a way to pursue prey on the wing. Flying snakes, geckos, dragons,
frogs, squirrels, phalangers, colugos, lemurs etc etc. all glide/ leap to
get from one place to another. Certainly, none of these creatures have
evolved to capture prey in md-flight.
Though I do recall that in many caves frequented by bats, pythons and other
large snakes may lurk, waiting for dawn or dusk, and when the bats come
streaming in or out, the snakes use this opportunity to seize any bats that
fly too close.
And IIRC, the caracal is another one of those cats highly adapted to
capturing flying birds. (I thought servals were more adapted for stalking
rodents in tall grass?)
----Original Message Follows----
From: Tim Williams <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Spinosaurs ate pterosaurs
Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2004 14:32:57 -0500
My previous point was that AFAIK there are no animals that *specialize* in
snatching insects or birds out of the air, without the benefit of powered
flight. Certain animals (e.g., cats, the bane of native Aussie fauna) may
do this opportunistically, but none make a living out of it.
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