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Re: Question: Why did birds lose their teeth?
On 3/11/2014 3:29 AM, don ohmes wrote:
So the sequence is -- optimization of the wing reduces wing claws
(and the need to climb) -- and the lack of wing claws reduces the
So the inference here is that wing claws are indicative of less flying
in the lifestyle? Which in turn might implies more time spent on the
ground and/or in climbing.
desirability of teeth -- which predicts a pattern of 'first go the
claws, then the teeth'.
So more flying means the wing claws go and then the teeth. To me, that
implies more of a defensive and/or offenisive purpose for the teeth for
a lifestyle spent more on the ground.