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RE: Microraptor Wings
Perhaps, like some wasps, it used its claws to "probe" certain parts of the
sauropod brain and steered it like the sauropod was a giant zombie bus.
Theropods rule, sauropods (literally!) drool. This zombie-esque quality,
unfortunately, likely resulted in an unhealthy taste for [sauropod] brains,
which explains the relative lack of preserved sauropod skulls. So sad.
Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion
> Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 03:16:17 +0000
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> Subject: RE: Microraptor Wings
> > Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:33:05 +1000
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> > Subject: Re: Microraptor Wings
> > Ronald Orenstein <> wrote:
> > > If you can find it check out the (hilarious) mock paper published in the
> > > Journal of Irreproducible Results suggesting that Archaeopteryx rode
> > > sauropods, and used its wings to steer them into clouds of insects!
> Wouldn't it have made more sense* to develop either the end of the
> flesh-and-bone tail or the backward-facing toes, into better cowboy spurs?
> or is it suggesting the wings steered by covering the sauropod eyes?
> * = at least in the sense of the fewest evolutionary stages.
> > Damn, I've been scooped!!
> can't win 'em all, sadly.