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Why pterosaurs weren't so scary after all

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:45 PM

These flying reptiles are traditionally seen as scaly, ungainly beasts, but the discovery of new fossils has led to some surprising findings.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:35 PM

I need to disagree with the experts on this.  A winged-lizard still ain't welcome in my home.  It's bad enough when there's a wasp flying about.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 11:14 AM

Interesting article. But, like Watchman, I wouldn't want one for a pet.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 11:29 AM

View Postbrlesq1, on 13 August 2013 - 11:14 AM, said:

Interesting article. But, like Watchman, I wouldn't want one for a pet.

hahahaha....I have a neighbour whose dogs always sh** on my lawn, so i would want a pet Pterosaur, just so it could take a huge dump on his car! :innocent:


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 07:31 PM

Is the title of the original article correct?
To me from this review they come out as scarier as ever!
I quote from the article:

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[...] Pterosaurs were probably as hyperactive and energetic as modern birds and mammals, and nothing like the slow, laboured gliders they were once thought to be.

[...] Pterosaurs walked on four limbs held almost vertically beneath the body. This energy-efficient stance is reminiscent of the limb carriage in most birds and mammals, rather than the sprawled limbs of modern reptiles. Experts have taken this as a sign that pterosaurs were adept terrestrial animals, as well as fliers, and it even seems that some pterosaurs, such as the gigantic, giraffe-sized azhdarchids, spent much of their time on the ground in search of food.

[...] Far from only dining on fish, pterosaurs probably ate insects, fruiting bodies and even small animals, including dinosaurs, using a range of foraging strategies

[...] Multiple lines of evidence indicate that pterosaurs took off using all four limbs [...] using all four legs, it takes less than a second to get off of flat ground, no wind, no cliffs

So you have a hyperactive gigantic flying reptile always on search for food, very good at running behind you, eager to taste you, since he ate small (for him) animals, and that could fly above you in less than three seconds, and he's not scary because he's furry?
To me that's very scary!

And very cool too!
I'd like to have one for going to work!

This article pictures a very interesting group of animals for sure!


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:54 AM

well, i for one think they sound adorable. as soon as they get the cloning vats up and running, you can put me down for two!

i've always wanted my own mini-rodan.





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