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Dann Pigdon wrote:
> Nemi's beak looks more like that of a generalist to me (somewhere between
> 'blackbird' and 'miniature stork'). It would appear to be just as useful for
> prying out grubs as for plucking small fruit or foraging in leaf litter.
Yes, I think so too. And maybe, too, the beak was used to pluck big juicy
parasites off the backs of sauropods.
Nick Pharris wrote:
> True. Also, even if the authors' ecologial interpretations are all correct,
> their contention that "[t]he
> phylogenetic position of Nemicolopterus crypticus suggests that the
> Ornithocheiroidea originated
> from crestless and toothless small insectivorous arboreal forms" is tenuous,
> since it's just as
> parsimonious to hypothesize that pterosaurs were big honkers all the way back
> to the base of
> Pterodactyloidea, with _N._ representing a specialized arboreal lineage with
> reduced body size.
That scenario seems a lot more likely to me too. It's funny how late it is in
the Mesozoic before we find a "specialized arboreal lineage" of pterosaurs.
Ditto for birds.
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