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Re: flying Archie

On 9/23/06, Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com> wrote:

I don't like thinking of _Archaeopteryx_ flight as 'inferior' to modern avian flight - just different in certain important ways

If it wasn't "inferior", then why did the modern style take over? You could argue that it was linked to something else that provided a significant advantage, but in the absence of any such explanation it seems simplest to assume that the modern style is "superior" (i.e., confers significant reproductive advantage).

(Of course, Archie's style must have been "superior" to that of its
T. Michael Keesey
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