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Re: Thou Shalt Not Climb!
Could someone be so kind as to explain to me why is it, that a
theropod is automatically banned from the trees unless its first
toe is reversed???
It isn't. It's just that in the absence of such adaptations we have no
evidence that it ever _was_ in the trees.
On that note, what about the curved phalanges in the manus of
Archaeopteryx? Why can't these be interpreted as an indication of
They clearly made climbing easier than their absence would.
But they clearly didn't evolve _for_ climbing. They are ordinary theropod
finger claws, a _retention_, not an adaptation that evolved in
*Archaeopteryx*. Archie simply lacked selective pressure that would have led
to the _loss_ of the curvature.
After all, monkeys and squirrels have the same trait.
So do *Gigantoraptor* and *Allosaurus*.
Also, the orientation of the unguals on the manus, as well as an increased
range of motion for the shoulder joint in basal birds and their kin, look
to me like something that would come in handy when climbing...
Sure. But the increased range of motion is still pathetic by comparison to
extant climbing animals.
And what about the pecs?
The what? Pectoral muscles?
Why would such a scenario not be possible?
It is possible. But that's not what we're asking. We ask "is it testable"
and "how can we test it".