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RE: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
> > Enlarge the hole in a tree.
> > Lay down on the branch.
> > Granted, the koala method (plop down at the fork of branches and shove
> > one's bottom into the
> > split) isn't really an option for archosaurs.
> Leopards certainly don't need to hold on when they sleep in a tree. A quick
> google image search
> of "leopard sleeping in tree" reveals quite a gallery of casual
> branch-draping, with no hint of a claw
> being used to grip onto anything.
> The pubic boot of most theropods would seem to make that an uncomfortable way
> to sleep - except
> for dromaeosaurs of course, with their retroverted pubes.
> Now that'd make for an interesting illustration - a group of sleeping
> dromaeosaurs draped leopard-
> style over the branches of a large tree, with their tails hanging down
> vertically beneath them.
Or illustrated with the dromaeosaurs draped on the branch like a leopard's
meal (rather than with the backbone a parallel line above the branch's line)
hmm...or not. (it'd be one way to invite a caption of "after a long day of
trying to fly, mr. dromaeosaur collapses for a nap")