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Re: Feather Flap

don ohmes wrote-

That said, can anyone tell where (and why) the "plant-eating habits" in the article quote pasted >below came into the proposed selective process? In either trees down' or 'ground up' I think >predatory lifestyles work a lot better for evolving feathered flight...

If people like Scott are right and taxa like Archaeopteryx and Microraptor with unreversed halluces were still terrestrial, the most basal arboreal maniraptorans would be jeholornithids and omnivoropterygids. The latter clades preserve seeds and gastroliths in their body cavities, indicating at least partially herbivorous habits.

Mickey Mortimer