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Re: Mesozoic birds made insects shrink
On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Dr Ronald Orenstein
> Oddly, the one thing that birds seem to have done better than either
> pterosaurs or bats is to evolve flightless terrestrial forms - presumably
> because of the decoupling of the wing mechanisms.
One other thing they did better was get their transitional forms
fossilized -- we're still waiting on prevolant stem-bats and prevolant
non-pterosaurian pterosauromorphs. Would be interested if this were
related somehow to the locomotion differences.
T. Michael Keesey