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Re: Akidolestes (Cretaceous symmetrodont mammal) postcranial skeleton



On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 4:21 AM, Tim Williams <tijawi@gmail.com> wrote:
> Nevertheless, even though _Archaeopteryx_ and _Microraptor_ were
> rubbish at grasping branches, I don't think this refutes the
> hypothesis that these and other small paravians could venture into
> trees.  It may be they were opportunistic trunk-climbers, which
> avoided the need for branch-grasping (i.e.,which required encircling
> small objects with a firm grip).

Has anybody actually suggested that these forms gripped small branches
with the manus? That would be quite a trick when most of your longest
digit is bound up in a wing.

Matt