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Re: Avian flight stroke origin
On Mon, Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:05 AM, Tim Williams <email@example.com> wrote:
> Jason Brougham <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Goats, as we know, also climb trees without benefit of a hallux:
> > http://www.odditycentral.com/videos/the-tree-goats-of-morocco.html
> Ah, I wondered when we'd get to "But goats can climb trees!" :-)
> What we have here is the distinction between "capable of" and "adapted
> for". At any given time on planet Earth, the vast majority of goats
> are not climbing trees, and have no desire to. Just because an animal
> *can* climb a tree under certain circumstances does not make it
> arboreal. Goats are *not* adapted for an arboreal lifestyle.
Goats however *are* well adapted for climbing - just not trees specifically.
abilities are an extension of their rock-climbing prowess.
A Google search using the words 'dam goats' will demonstrate just how good
Italian ibex are at
This might also be pertinent to the Archaeopteryx discussion. A generalised
climber might not
show any specific arborial adaptations (such as perching feet) if it is
habitually scrambling up just
about anything to gain height (cliffs, steep hills, dead sauropods...)
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