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Re: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
On May 25, 2012, at 7:11 PM, Augusto Haro wrote:
> 2012/5/25 Habib, Michael <MHabib@chatham.edu>
> there are many other ways to use wings than gliding, even without powered
> What would be these? I just imagine soaring, or some other function which has
> nothing to do with aereal locomotion.
Control functions (turning, braking, etc), leaping, WAIR, etc
> Incidentally, if it launch from the ground (huge if) there's no particular
> reason to expect it ran to do so.
> A jump would be better than running for a launch?
In most cases, yes, a jump is more effective. Even most running launches
actually end in a leap. If you want to see quick and easy evidence of this,
take a look at stills of launching waterbirds - if they were actually building
up launch speed and transitioning to wing-dominated propulsion gradually, then
the water displacement (i.e. splashes) would get smaller over the course of the
run. In actuality, they tend to be quite consistent, until the last one -
which is nearly always much larger than the rest. Animals do not launch like
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