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Re: Archaeopteryx flight
At 07:41 PM 10/19/2005 -0500, JimC wrote:
I'd agree with Ian's assessment. It appears to be specialized for
cruising flight -- which doesn't require the modern alignment for the
supracoracoideus muscle, doesn't require exceptional power on the
downstroke, and doesn't require a functional alula. As I mentioned
previously, it is not designed for slow flight. So, it could probably fly
reasonably well, but also probably launched and landed rather differently
than many modern birds.
I'm not entirely sure about this. How does one differentiate between
adaptations for cruising flight, and adaptations for gliding?