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RE: Yet more on pterosaur quad arm posture

Ah, I see.

Yeah, not buying that...

On Thu, July 11, 2013 5:59 pm, David Marjanovic wrote:
>> > > they climb up there
>> >
>> > I bet this refers to WAIR. A seriema walking up a tree trunk like a
>> nuthatch is really hard to imagine.
>> But as I was saying, this referred to the mammalogist's definition. So
>> climbing (with claws or with prehensile feet or what have you) is the
>> way to get up in the trees.
>> So again: to mammalogists, arboreal vs. scansorial is more about WHERE
>> the animal lives & feeds vs. rests, whereas to ornithologists it is
>> about how they get there.
> ...Not what I'm saying. I'm not talking about whether seriemas should be
> classified as arboreal, scansorial or anything; I'm expressing incredulity
> at the explicit claim that they climb up low trees instead of flying
> there.

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