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RE: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
I assume you realise it was the informal name for predatory birds
(particularly those with 'prey-grasping' feet) for a long time before it was
used informally for non-avian dinosaurs!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> On Behalf Of Brandon Pilcher
> Sent: Friday, 27 July 2007 2:06 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
> BTW, yes, I know, you meant birds of prey by "raptors", but
> it is my opinion that, in the context of discussions about
> NON-avian Dinosauria, "raptor"
> should be informal for dromeosaurid. I hate it when people
> use that word for birds.
> >From: Brandon Pilcher <email@example.com>
> >Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >To: email@example.com
> >Subject: Re: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
> >Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 00:00:32 +0800
> >>The grasping ability of pterosaur
> >>feet, to my knowledge, is still understudied, but a cursory
> glance at
> >>their pedal morphology suggests their ability to grasp things,
> >>raptor-style, was limited.
> >Dromeosaurids, to the best of my knowledge, used their feet for
> >locomotion like all non-avian theropods, not for holding
> prey like falconiforms.
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