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Re: More on Argentavis

Mike Habib (mhabib5@jhmi.edu) wrote:

<"Heavier birds such as the ostrich had to give up flight."
Granted, ostriches appear to be well above the maximum mass for a volant bird
(though not the limit for volant vertebrates as a whole, see pterosaurs...),
but many ratites are not.  Am I mistaken in saying that the evidence suggests
an increase to ostrich size *after* loss of volancy, rather than a loss of
flight in the specific lineage leading to ostriches as size reached maximum
launch limits?>

  I would have certainly argued that the large size of several ratites was
enabled BY the loss of flight, rather than leading TO the loss of flight.


Jaime A. Headden

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