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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)?
> I've wondered if flight ability evolved to facilitate commuting between 
> islands ("island-hopping") in the European archipelago. But since this would 
> have required flapping flight, and probably a "ground-up" launch as well, 
> I've since gone cold on the idea.
 maybe the skimming/skipping flight idea  (like the aforementioned gulls on 
modern beaches, who only glide a short way away), to go from one island to 
another...some islands being closer to one another than others, and with no 
desire to get in the water.
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