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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,
runners etc

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.


Cheers,

--Mike

Michael Habib, M.S.
PhD. Candidate
Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
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