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Re: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx



On 11/2/2011 1:49 AM, Scott Hartman wrote:

  Of course
once WAIRing was possible you could have roosting even without flight,
but as others have stated that probably does not include
Archaeopteryx.

Your implied thesis is that Archie and similar animals were physically incapable of climbing, and so could not roost.

I think you should take a closer look -- specifically at the morphology of the trees dominant at the time, and the many animals that can and do climb -- even w/out claws, which Archie-types had both fore and aft.

Perhaps old Arch did not want to climb, or maybe he even lived on an island w/ no trees -- but he certainly had sufficient tools to accomplish the task.