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Re: Archaeopteryx flight

I'm easy. Just delete the words 'trend toward' from my sentence below. However, I don't think you'll find many early birds that have wing planforms that seem to be specialized for gliding.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jon Barber" <augray@sympatico.ca>
To: "Dinosaur Mailing List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: Archaeopteryx flight

I would expect a trend toward higher aspect ratio for a glider.

How does one detect a trend, or lack thereof, in what amounts to a single data point (i.e. Archaeopteryx)?