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RE: Microraptor ate birds





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> Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 20:25:40 -0800
> From: mickey_mortimer111@msn.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
 
 
> > then what could? [support arboreality in Microraptor]
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> Gut content-wise, maybe a gut full of epiphytes.
 
Spagnum moss grows on living branches...yet I can find it lying on the ground a 
lot of times.
 
> You'd need something that doesn't usually get on or close to the ground when 
> alive, and hopefully a sample size of >1. With a large enough sample size, if 
> Microraptor had more arboreal mammals than terrestrial mammals as gut 
> contents, adjusting for how common each mammal was in general, then that 
> could suggest arboreality. Although even then, maybe the arboreal species was 
> slower, stupider, less camoflaged, etc..
 
...knocked to the ground by a storm or wind (like epiphytes)
 
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