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Re: Microraptor Wings
Two of Anthony Docimo's e-mails rescued from truncation:
> > If you can find it check out the (hilarious) mock paper published in th=
> > Journal of Irreproducible Results suggesting that Archaeopteryx rode
> > sauropods=2C 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=2C into better cowboy spurs?
or is it suggesting the wings steered by covering the sauropod eyes?
In any case, Archie didn't have any backward-facing toes.
But one question lingers: I thought sauropods only had weak teeth suitabl=
e for nipping leaves off trees.
Well, no. The teeth of diplodocoids and derived titanosaurs are
comparable to chisels and were used for raking, ripping and some
cutting; those of the other sauropods were very robust and (to varying
degrees) spoon-like -- in camarasaurids, the extreme case, each toothrow
was a continuous zigzag line that occluded nicely with the other,
forming a great cutting apparatus.