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RE: Campbell's even crazier than a MANIAC? (archeopteryx climbing)



Quoting Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com>:

> One potential problem with this scenario is that the foot of _Archaeopteryx_
> is not very well adapted to perching.  The hallux is not reversed, and it is
> still quite short and high on the foot compared to later birds.  This would
> make it very difficult for _Archaeopteryx_ to land on top of a bush. 
> Difficult, but not impossible - but unusual if these kind of landings were
> habitual. 

Were there any bush-like plants about in the Jurassic?

> Also, a bush would be more difficult to land on (and launch from) than a
> large tree because the thin branches would be harder to grasp than a thick
> and sturdy bough.  Especially if the foot is not specialized for perching (as
> is the case for _Archaeopteryx).

What if they were webbed like gulls' feet? Assuming of course they even had 
'bushes' to land on in the 
first place. :)

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