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Re: Senter 2006, Confuciusornis, and humeral mobility



Jason Brougham <jaseb@amnh.org> wrote:

> Also, we must all recall, Confuciusornis could have scaled trees with its
> huge, recurved, and sharp thumb and third finger talons. This is an extra
> option in the tool kit that Shearwaters do not enjoy.


Yes - and further, this trunk-scaling behavior might have promoted the
retention of a clawed manus among early birds.


Cheers

Tim