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Re: Campbell's even crazier than a MANIAC? (archeopteryx
--- On Sun, 9/28/08, David Marjanovic <email@example.com> wrote:
> > and you can also travel much further.
> Which may or may not be an extra advantage.
As a practical matter, the option is an advantage.
> I could imagine that flapping flight could directly evolve
> from trying to
> catch insects with the forelimbs in mid-air while jumping
> from branch to
> branch, and the bats are an obvious candidate for that
> having actually
> happened. That's probably a rather useless speculation
> on my part, but, as
> long as it isn't falsified, it means we can't
> assume that flapping must
> necessarily have evolved from gliding in every case of a
> trees-down origin
> of flight.
I agree w/ the general contention about what can't be assumed. The specific
case elicits an image of a bat taking his very first glide after a million
years of perfecting flapping flight by jumping off limbs after insects. Heh.
Must have been a big relief.