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RE: New Burnham Book
Tim williams wrote-
> Exactly. Plus, there were small, feathered, and possibly winged paravians
> near the end of the Cretaceous - such as _Mahakala_ and _Rahonavis_. Why
> couldn't these have been four-winged gliders? Or two-winged gliders?
> Maniraptoran gliders might have persisted until the very end of the
> Cretaceous. Even if maniraptoran gliders did go extinct in the Lower
> Cretaceous, it does not necessarily mean that birds were to blame.
While I agree Burnham's book sounds terrible and your basic point stands,
Mahakala itself had rather short arms. Thus I doubt it was gliding, though
there are other taxa like Hesperonychus that could fit the bill.