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Re: Dinosaurs and birds
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Perfect. Thanks for the ref. Yes, it seems to me that 'synchronicity' of
the fore-limbs must come first (before the flight-stroke),
What about swans, which use a somewhat asymmetric takeoff wingstroke synched
with their leg alternation?
This can be most easily seen by watching the left wing precede and lead
slightly on one wingbeat, followed by the right wing leading on the next,
then the left, etc. It is most obvious when watching a water launch from
directly in front of the animal. As an aside, swan wing kinematics during
the low-speed portion of a water launch are one of the most elegant
procedures I've ever seen. There is no portion of the wingbeat that is not
generating useful forces, some of which are not intuitive.