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RE: Could 'four-winged' dinosaurs fly? - latest Nature
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> Jon Barber
> The reply contains this tantalizing sentence:
> _Microraptor_, which provides negative evidence for the
> cursorial hypothesis, could have taken to the air according
> to our recent biochemical analysis.
> *Biochemical* analysis??? Schweitzer et al. have demonstrated the
> usefulness of biochemical analyses, but I'm hard-pressed to imagine how
> such an analysis of a fossil will demonstrate flight or gliding ability.
> The reference given for this claim is:
> Dyke, G. J., Nudds, R. M., Rayner, J. M., Norell, M. & Xu, X.
> Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (submitted).
> Of course, my lack of imagination is hardly an argument against something,
> and I'll certainly keep an eye out for that paper, but does anyone have an
> idea of what Xu et al. are talking about? Or is this one of those WFTP
Almost certainly a typo for "biomechanical".
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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