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Re: Perching, climbing, roosting was Re: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx



On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 8:04 PM, Anthony Docimo <keenir@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>  Really?  What part of a goat is adapted for gripping branches?

Caprines are generally adapted to climbing in mountains, and some of
those adaptations apparently come in handy in trees as well.

Caprine adaptations for climbing include:
- concave undersides to hooves, which act as suction pads; these include:
--- a hard outer rim
--- a soft, rubbery inner pocket
- short limbs (compared to grasslands-dwelling bovids)

There may be others; that's just off the top of my head.
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T. Michael Keesey
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