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RE: Flightless pterosaur question:

  There's a big difference between obligate and faculative loss of flight 
ability, especially when dealing with the gross mass to wing mass ratio. Swans 
and buzzards, sporting the heaviest flying birds, are several degrees more 
massive than their jungle fowl counter parts, but the latter tend not to fly, 
whiel the former do "fly" and "soar" and do so dynamically often. So mass is 
not evena  really good indicator without deep studies. I daresay tracings won't 
find the answer.

  You should argue FOR something and debate its merits instead of trying to get 
other peoples' vague attempts to answer a question you vaguely ask, and thn 
claim their answers are "easy," as if they were apparently wrong.


Jaime A. Headden

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> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:05:03 -0700
> From: davidpeters@att.net
> To: saint_abyssal@yahoo.com
> CC: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Flightless pterosaur question:
> Of course, but that's the easy answer. Some flightless birds do not have 
> absurdly short wings.
> What's the threshold for flight/flightlessness?
> Could it be found in the pectoral girdle, rather than the wings?
> Witness the Kagu:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagu
> "The wings are not reduced in size like some other flightless birds, but they 
> lack the musculature for flight."
> D
> --- On Wed, 3/24/10, Saint Abyssal  wrote:
>> Absurdly short or gracile flight
>> digits?
>>> If flightless birds keep their wings,
>>> how will we know (or what threshold will they cross)
>> that
>>> tells us a pterosaur just can't fly?
>>> Any predictions?
>>> David Peters
>>> davidpeters@att.net
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