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Re: Micropredatory Microraptorids (was Microraptor Wings (and sauropods()



 - They have the potential to glide from higher trees onto passing
 animals

I think you mean parachuting here (close to vertical, drag maximized, no lift), not gliding (almost horizontal, drag minimized, lift generated).

Given their narrow wings, I don't think microraptorians could have been good at parachuting.

 - The stiff tail could be a crucial adaptation: Allowing the animal
 to rotate once jumping (assuming an upward facing posture) off of
 its host and glide out of range of footfalls

Here you do mean gliding.