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RE: Campbell's even crazier than a MANIAC? (archeopteryx climbing)
Dann Pigdon wrote:
> Were there any bush-like plants about in the Jurassic?
I suppose small conifers would count as 'bushes', or even 'shrubs'. Viohl
(1985) described _Archaeopteryx_'s Solnhofen habitat as "a bushland of
conifers and Bennititaleans alternating with areas of sparse vegetation".
> What if they were webbed like gulls' feet?
Hmm... would webbed feet make a difference? I would say that the issue has
more to do with the ability of the pedal digits to wrap around a branch. That
comes down to the ability of the first toe (hallux) to effectively oppose the
other toes. For _Archaeopteryx_, that ability was fairly rudimentary - if it
existed at all.
> Assuming of course they even had 'bushes' to land on in the first place. :)
And assuming that the 'bush' wasn't so flimsy that the branch collapsed under
the weight of a landing _Archaeopteryx_. :-)
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