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Re: Raptors climbing trees? (joke)
On Fri, 04 Apr 2008 14:55:13 +0100, John Conway <email@example.com>
> 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
> Palaeontography: http://palaeo.jconway.co.uk