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Re: Raptors climbing trees?

Graydon wrote:

Especially in the case of something like a dromaeosaur where they're
clearly specialized for something but we can't tell precisely what, I
think there's a fair bit of value in trying to set limits on the shape
of the ecological space they lived in, because that might eventually
give some sufficient hint about what they were specialized for...

If we can't see what they're specialised /for/, then we can't know they are specialised. Dromaeosaurs may be /derived/, but that is not the same as specialised.

For example, /Homo/ is a pretty derived genus, but also one helluva generalist.


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