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Re: Evidence For a Feathered Velociraptor...
Nick Page writes:
"One thing that puzzles me though is why these little dinosaurs have
feathery structures on them (including their forelimbs) when they
obviously can't begin to fly.
That may be true of adult animals, but what of juveniles with their
relatively longer forelimbs and much smaller mass? Perhaps dromaeosaurs in
general out-grew their ability to fly (or at least 'flutter').
We know from fossils that juvenile dromaeosaurids had fully-developed
feathered fans on their forelimbs. If 'wings' were primarily used as sexual
displays or brooding equipment in dromaeosaurs, then you wouldn't expect
them to develop until adulthood. That tends to suggest that either juvenile
volancy, or their use as running aids, are more likely contenders for the
*primary* use of dromaeosaur 'wings'. Personally, I consider both ideas
equally likely (and not necessarily mutually exclusive).
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