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Re: Flying Archie (the final word)...
Heh. You are right. My contribution was this, although JimC didn't like the
Just a guess, but I think due to the long bony tail tail, it is
reasonable to expect a high wing beat frequency (see GSP's post on
front vs rear limb configuration) and a "heads-up" attitude, IF Archie
had a flapping mode. And I agree that he likely did.
"The need for a relatively high wingbeat frequency to cope with the drag
of the tail would be expected (the actual frequency difference being
quite minor), but why would it imply a heads up attitude? The purpose
of the tail feathers is to carry the weight of the tail, and it
would seem that a heads up attitude might be both unneccesary and
possibly counterproductive, because of its implications for a need for
a developed supracoracoideus system that wouldn't necessarily be
present with a 'lowered' head."
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Subject: Flying Archie (the final word)...
...now that I have your attention... I couldn't even
weed through all the posts on this topic yesterday, but
the original question was:
What modern boid might Archie resemble in flight...I
thought about this and the one that came to mind is the
Peacock (long tail similarity). Able to fly up into
trees, but not long distances.
Any thoughts amongst the scientific community
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