In article <D2K68x.8L1 at ssbunews.ih.att.com>,
Ian D. Bruce <ian at happy.milkyway> wrote:
> ...photosynthesis as my sole DIRECT means of fixing energy becomes
> limiting and I'm better off using
> ...a food chainthe advantages of staying out of the light to avoid being eaten.
I've often thought that the wing surface of a soaring bird or a fruit
bat would be usefully employed in photosynthesis. Birds don't need to
hide during daylight and have a large surface area/volume ratio compared
to other higher animals.
There may of course be all sorts of problems with providing a blood
supply through the altered feather structure of the 'green bird' leading
to an unacceptable increase in weight etc.
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