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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.