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Re: New MANIAC book is out! -good/poor flyer

Mike Habib <habib@jhmi.edu> wrote:

> Ah, but here's the rub: those escape-oriented taxa are the
> ones with the largest flight muscles and strongest
> skeletons, specifically because burst launch is so rigorous.

For this reason, I would guess that the behavior of gallinaceous birds (e.g., 
_Alectoris_) might not provide the best model for the incipient stages of the 
evolution of avian flight (e.g., WAIR hypothesis).