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Re: Ostrich Wings Explain Mystery of Flightless Dinosaurs
Maybe so, but tail reduction and tail loss are not the same thing. Even
_Archaeopteryx_ had a tail of appreciable length (at least equal to body
length). Even reduced, the tail would still provide an effective counterbalance.
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> Subject: Re: Ostrich Wings Explain Mystery of Flightless Dinosaurs
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> Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 5:39 PM
> Actually, viewed phylogenetically
> those lineages all show tail reduction (in either mass it
> length...but rarely both) relative to the the plesiomorphic
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> Subject: Re: Ostrich Wings Explain Mystery of Flightless
> The finding is neat, and I'm all for comparison with extant
> animals, but I wonder how pertinent it would actually be to
> dinosaurs. The paper seems to talk about ostriches using
> their wings for balance during agile maneuvers, but this is
> for a tailless animal. The theropods that gave rise to
> birds, all had nice long tails to do much of the
> counterbalance work. I'm just wondering if the results
> Schaller found might more accurately reflect an exaptation
> by ratites to a secondarily flightless existence, rather
> than a plesiomorphic behaviour.
> Perhaps Scott covered this in his paper. I haven't had a
> chance to read it, as JVP is being finicky about their
> archives (i.e. supplement to No.3 for vol. 20 doesn't show
> up on the site).
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> Flightless Dinosaurs
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Thursday, July 1, 2010, 2:17 PM
> > Gee, now where have I heard that idea
> > before? Oh yeah:
> > Hartman, Scott. 2000. Primary and caudal feathers as
> > locomotory adaptations in maniraptoran theropods.
> Journal of
> > Vertebrate Paleontology, Vol. 20, Supplement to No. 3.
> > 47A.
> > Hartman, Scott. 2005. Estimating Ancestral Habitat
> > Selective Pressures Leading to the Origin of Avian
> > Flight. Abstract volume of the II Latin American
> > of Vertebrate Paleontology.
> > Awesome to see corroborating data from extant
> > animals. And it's my fault of course for not having
> > paper in print yet, but there were a couple of extra
> > that I had to look into along the way. Soon...
> > Scott Hartman
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> > HI:FYI:http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/2010
> > hwingsexplainmysteryofflightlessdinosaurs-- Ian
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