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RE: Did dinosaur wings evolve for breeding display?/Longisquama

Scott H. wrote:

>>I'm not sure Longisquama has any bearing at all; the only possible use of it would be to explore convergent evolution, but since we don't know for sure that the structures actually go to Longisquama, and if they do we aren't sure what they are used for, they really can't tell us anything about the origin of theropod wings.<<

Look at the predecessor taxa of Longisquama. Cosesaurus has a set of median dorsal segmented frills. They just grow longer in Longisquama. So, yes. they do belong to the skeleton.

Tim W. wrote:

>>Voigt et al. (2008) explicitly reject Sharov's interpretation, and claim that:
(1) there is no evidence for more than one row of appendages in the
_Longisquama_ type specimen; and (2) even assuming that the appendages were
paired, they would have performed poorly as airfoil-generating devices. Voigt
et al. also reject the hypothesis that the _Longisquama_ appendages were
homologous to feathers.<<

Jaime and Tim and Voigt et al. are indeed correct, as Reisz and Sues published nearly a decade ago. So, what is new in the Voigt paper? Why was it written?

Peters 2002 discussed the evolution of wings in fenestrasaurs to pterosaurs for possible breeding display and more. A lot has been discovered since then, all of which enhances and supports this scenario.

David Peters

Reisz, R. and Sues, H-D. (2001) Longisquama does not have
feathers. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(Supplement
to No. 3), 92A.

Reisz. R. and H.-D. Sues. 2000. Palaeontology: The “feathers” of Longisquama. Nature 408:428.

Peters, D. 2002b. A New Model for the Evolution of the Pterosaur Wing – with a twist. - Historical Biology 15: 277–301.