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Re: Madagascan Flying Raptor is INDEED a Madagascan Flying Raptor...
But here's a cool thing. Nearly everyone agrees that Rahonavis was
probably a flier. It is now a dromaeosaurid. We have flying
Here's another cool thing. Rahonavis is not at the base of
Unenlagiinae (Buitreraptor falls there), but it did retain/reverted to
the ancestral eumaniraptoran size. Microraptor is comparably-sized,
and while not as long armed as Rahonavis likely also had some
aerial ability. As do basal avialians.
Very cool stuff! The only thing that I still am skeptical on is the
use of relative limb lengths as a predictor of aerial ability. Amongst
extant birds, at least, it is generally a very poor predictor of flight
mode (as well as absence/presence of flight). 'Robustness' measures,
combined with knowledge of length, do much better (especially cross
sectional properties...yeah, okay, so I'm blowing my own horn a
bit...see my SVP Abstract and poster next week for more details).