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Re: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
> And indeed, he didn't send that message to the list (or at least I
> never got it). Tim, be ashamed, you made the mistake I just made
> four hours earlier. List administrators, please consider deleting
> Tim's post.
No need to worry. It was meant for everyone.
Looks like it. I apologise.
To complicate things further, if deinonychosaurs used their feet for
grasping (as proposed by the Raptor Prey Restraint hypothesis) ,
then would we be able to distinguish trunk-climbing adaptations from
In other words, would adaptations used by _Deinonychus_ to grasp and
hold onto large prey be that much different to adaptations used by
_Microraptor_ to scale a thick trunk? I'm not saying that
_Microraptor_ DID climb up trunks. But IF it did....would we know
from the morphology of the pes?
Good point. There are, to sum up, at least three things to distinguish:
branch-grasping, trunk-grasping (which may -- I speculate -- show in
very different ways depending on the bark of the trees in question), and
prey-grasping; they're not mutually exclusive, but one doesn't
automatically imply any of the other two.