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Re: Aw: RE: Arboreal Theropods: The prize at the bottom of the cracker jack box

Well, hey, you can always say my counterexamples don't count. Strictly
speaking, they don't, because we are using derived animals to see what may
have been possible for primitive ones.

My goal is to stop people in this forum from saying it is impossible that
basal paravians utilized trees to some limited extent. I believe I have
demonstrated that it is possible, and that categorically excluding it with
the current evidence is not correct.

Jason Brougham
Senior Principal Preparator
American Museum of Natural History
(212) 496 3544

On 7/22/13 9:57 AM, "David Marjanovic" <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:

>Gesendet: Sonntag, 21. Juli 2013 um 18:45 Uhr
>Von: "Jason Brougham" <jaseb@amnh.org>
>An: "tijawi@gmail.com" <tijawi@gmail.com>,
>> To further enrich this productive and interesting discussion, I submit
>>the following.
>> The smallest extant flightless bird in the world, Inaccessible [Island]
>>Rail (Atlantisia rogersi), masses 34 - 49 grams, and hatches at 7.8
>>grams. According to Taylor, B. (1998) Rails, Yale University Press,
>>these birds inhabit all vegetation types at all altitudes but are most
>>numerous in coastal tussock grass Spartina and sedges Carex. It also
>>occurs in Phylica thickets.
>> "All ages of birds climb freely in Phylica and tussock grass to a
>>height of 1.5 m, flapping the wings to aid balance and probably using
>>the well - developed wing-claw."
>> So, another report of a tiny winged theropod that is a quadrupedal
>...on a predator-free, competition-free island, where everything that's
>not anatomically impossible is hardly selected against. So, in case you
>want to extrapolate from this, be careful.
>Interesting about the wing claw, though.