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Re: Triassic archosaur bipedality and cursoriality



On Sun, Jul 1st, 2012 at 10:38 AM, Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:

> If one only had the skeleton of a emu or ostrich to study, their splint 
> like forelimbs might appear to be quite useless, but they carry large 
> wings that have important thermoregulatory and behavioral functions

Emu wings are so tiny that they don't seem of any practical use. Although 
interestingly enough, 
their wing claws appear to be quite well formed:

http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs23/i/2009/241/0/9/Emu_Wing_Claw_by_Aaaamory.jpg

Ostrich and rhea wings are positively gigantic in comparison.

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Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj
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