[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
Re: Perching, climbing, roosting was Re: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx
On 11/8/2011 5:06 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:
If you climbed trees in the Mesozoic for safety, then they would have to have
been considerably tall
Why? If you mean that mega-theropods were combing through the Mesozoic
canopy at night searching for 1 kg tidbits -- well, I doubt it. I am a
little surprised that people nominate mega-theropods as a primary
predator of Archie-type animals, and one that would render a GFTR
lifestyle untenable or even marginal.
Seems like a very unlikely mega-theropod behavior/ecology. My guess is
that it is more likely that getting stepped on was the danger from the
larger animals, as previously stated.
If your climbing abilities weren't much to write home about, then hiding down
low and out of
sight might have been a better option. Especially if your cursorial adaptations
were better than your
aerial ones when it came to abandoning your hiding place and making a dash for
I don't see that -- speaking strategically, a passive glider that can
run well should have a much better chance in a high place than it would
dragging that long tail and wings through the bushes.
The logical threat would be 5kg-100kg bad boys. Have they been ruled out
by the record?