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Re: FYI -- Microraptor gui, Burnham and Alexander, PNAS...

Quite amusing stuff! Not a bad set of "test flights". However, in the course of the debates, speculations, and hypotheses surrounding Microraptor, I have often wondered: why do so many individuals insist that the hind wings need to be oriented horizontally? Some splay the limbs, others splay the feathers, but neither is a very well supported model - perhaps forcing the issue is a poor assumption from the beginning?


--Mike H.

Michael Habib
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Chatham University
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On Jan 26, 2010, at 10:29 AM, don ohmes wrote:

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