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RE: New Burnham Book

Michael Mortimer <mickey_mortimer111@msn.com> wrote:

> While I agree Burnham's book sounds terrible and your basic
> point stands, Mahakala itself had rather short arms. 

I pictured _Mahakala_ as possibly using its short wings to help brake its fall 
when descending from trees to the ground - more parachuting than gliding, I 
guess.  Much like the modern kakapo, which also has short wings.

> Thus I doubt it was gliding, though there are other taxa
> like Hesperonychus that could fit the bill.

Yep, definitely.  Further, _Hesperonychus_ documents the presence of 
microraptorines in the Late Cretaceous.  So they weren't just a flash in the