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Re: Archaeopteryx flight

I don't know what the current consensus is, but it glided about 2/3 as well as a pigeon, and pigeons are not known for their gliding ability.

The wings seem to be well suited and appropriately muscled for flapping flight within the cruise range, but not for generating lift with the 'flutter' stroke, nor for the conventional flapping flight stroke as used at low speeds.

Archie seems to me to be far better suited for flapping flight than for gliding. I'm of the impression that it has the wrong set of specializations for gliding.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Ian Paulsen" <birdbooker@zipcon.net>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:54 AM
Subject: Archaeopteryx flight

I've been reading differing view about how well Archaeopteryx could fly.
Some sources say it was just a glider, others say it could fly like a
modern day bird. What is the current thinking about its flight patterns?


Ian Paulsen
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
A.K.A.: "Birdbooker"
"Rallidae all the way!"