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Avian Feet

  The mechanics of the avian pes are of a wondorous
and complex design. As a result, they are not
prominently described in popular or
fairly-easily-to-get-a-hold-of texts or journals, such
as some institutional journals or bulletins. So I felt
it might be easiest, though I have some references I
need to put in for in _Auk_ (local), others in
_Condor_ or _Emu_ or _Smith. Contr. Paleo._ or _J.
Morph._ are not so easy, that I coul beseach the list
in acquiring a list of papers describing the oseous
and soft-tissue anatomy regarding the development of
"dactyly" in birds, especially the various forms of
digit rotation (pamprodactyly, ectropodactyly) or just
plain zygodactyly.

  Thanks in advance,

Jaime "James" A. Headden

  Dinosaurs are horrible, terrible creatures! Even the
  fluffy ones, the snuggle-up-at-night-with ones. You think
  they're fun and sweet, but watch out for that stray tail
  spike! Down, gaston, down, boy! No, not on top of Momma!

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