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

On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 10:31 AM,  <dinoboygraphics@aol.com> wrote:
> I'm not saying Archaeopteryx could never, ever get into a tree.  If an
> archie found a tree (no easy chore in its particular environment) and was
> highly motivated (perhaps a competition?) I'm sure they could manage to
> scamper up some form of tree.  I'm just pointing out that they lack
> specializations for the activity, and exhibit several that hinder climbing,
> so the inferred importance of arboreal behavior should be kept to a minimum
> at the level of Archaeopteryx.

Seeing as Archie lived in an archipelago, is there any possibility
that it was beginning to *lose* arboreality? This is probably not the
most parsimonious idea, but it could be possible. Are there any
morphological clues that would indicate one way or the other?

T. Michael Keesey
Technical Consultant and Developer, Internet Technologies
Glendale, California