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Re: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur
> Further, if the purpose of the
> feathers was not aerodynamic, then it wouldn't matter if they were
> damaged, or even yanked out completely by struggling prey.
And if their function _was_ aerodynamic, it still wouldn't matter much.
Moulting doesn't confine birds to the ground, except those birds that moult all
wing feathers at once. Highly specialised fliers like swifts only moult a pair
of wing feathers at once, one on each wing, but that's evidently tolerable.
Pretty much any aerodynamic function that *Velociraptor* could have used would
have been more error-tolerant than any kind of flight.