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#1    Archosaur

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 06:46 AM

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From: FoxNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,281254.../naturalscience

Apparently there was a long-necked gliding reptile in the Triassic. Before you get too excited, it was about the size of a sparrow. Still, it's nice to dream...



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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:36 PM

Nice!I would have loved to see one of those glideing aroung.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 08:21 AM

I would love to see one gliding around in my room!  original.gif

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:29 AM

bball on Nov 5 2007, 02:21 AM, said:

I would love to see one gliding around in my room!  original.gif


Well, the ones nowadays don't have as long of a neck, but you can own similar gliding lizards, appropriately called draco, that are still living today.


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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:50 PM

draconic chronicler on Nov 6 2007, 05:29 AM, said:

Well, the ones nowadays don't have as long of a neck, but you can own similar gliding lizards, appropriately called draco, that are still living today.


Actually, Drac, I immediately thought of you theories when I saw this.

P.S. would these critters (the modern lizards, that is  wink2.gif ) make good pets?




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Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:28 AM

Archosaur on Nov 6 2007, 04:50 PM, said:

Actually, Drac, I immediately thought of you theories when I saw this.

P.S. would these critters (the modern lizards, that is  wink2.gif ) make good pets?



There are a number of "fantasy" dragon reconstructions that rely on these "ribwings" instead of the less probable "six limbs" in our four limbed chordate world.  The question is if such wings could have eventually evolved into something that could provide lift.  But consider insects, particularly the bumble bee which scientists say should not be able to fly, just as they say a large dragon couldn't fly either.  If an insect could develop non limb flying wings, why couldn't other animals?

Actually these very cool lizards don't do so well in captivity for few people would make the large enough of a terrarium to glide in.  Though they do not have to glide.


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Posted 08 November 2007 - 11:23 PM

I've seen these draco lizards in India. Very unique lizards. The spreading of the ribs remind me of how a cobra spreads its vertebrae and ribs to "flatten" its hood.

There are also flying snakes that flatten their ribs to "parachute" to other trees.

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