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22 Post author: Konkvistador 18 August 2012 03:17PM

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Comment author: NancyLebovitz 22 August 2012 05:13:17AM 0 points [-]

If you want an animal the size of an adult pig to fly under its own power, it's going to be a very challenging problem.

Comment author: Alicorn 22 August 2012 05:18:03AM 0 points [-]

Are there any naturally occurring vertebrates that can fly as juveniles but lose the power as adults? Do we have reason to believe that there are early or flightless birds that passed through a stage like that? Because that would be interesting.

Comment author: Dolores1984 22 August 2012 06:39:38AM -2 points [-]

'Under its own power' was not specified as part of the problem. But even under those conditions, a piglet is not dramatically larger than the big fruit bats. It could be done, mechanically. Actually getting that terrifying clusterfuck of a genome to work would be quite a challenge, but I have little doubt someone will do it eventually.