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Re: Willie Wonka and the New Papers
But also a strong tendency to be:
* short-tailed and smallish
* fairly round-winged and better able to maneuver in
confined space than to fly long distances
* perchers on branches rather than skulkers, climbers,
And, conveniently enough, these locomotor dynamics can be nicely
predicted using purely osteological information, if you use variables
that relate to load (rather than just proportions). Thus, we can test
for this sort of ecological "guild" in fossil taxa.
Michael Habib, M.S.
Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
1830 E. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205