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Re: Flight capablities of Archie & Confucius? Not so good...
Maybe a point which was discussed earlier: Islands often are "turbo
chargers" for evolution (I heard of this first when I read the book "The
Song of the Dodo" by David Quammen many years ago). So are feathers an
"island invention" (e.g. Archaeopteryx)? If yes, that could mean that
the typical jurassic island environment (e.g. sandy beaches, flat water
regions, the breeze and so on) could be reasons which pushed feather
evolution. Or is this thought not plausible?