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Re: Hone and Benton 2007 (their second paper)

Michael Habib wrote:

Bounding passerines will often stay highly tucked for a moment, large raptors usually start a flapping cycle right from the branch (they generally elevate the wings as they launch or just after).

As for tropicbirds and frigatebirds, they both have extremely reduced hind limbs.

First of all, thanks for a very helpful answer.

Secondly, and to get very hypothetical, let's say we had a bird with long legs, that can leap powerfully, but is incapable of a ground-to-air take-off. Let's also say that it's a rather poor flier that cannot fold its wings to the same extent as modern birds. The bird in question is something like, oh I dunno, _Archaeopteryx_. (I'm not saying that Archie was incapable of a ground-to-air take-off; but for the sake of argument I'll posit that it requires elevation in order to achieve flight speed). How do you think _Archaeopteryx_ would take off from a tree?



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