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Pterosaurs used "pole vault" takeoff

By T.K. Randall
November 17, 2010 · Comment icon 4 comments

Image Credit: Mark Witton, Darren Naish
According to a new study pterosaurs would have "pole vaulted" in to the air when taking off.
Unlike modern birds prehistoric winged reptiles would have pushed off using their hind limbs and then thrusted themselves upwards using their arm muscles in a similar manner to modern bats.
A new study claims that the ancient winged reptiles known as pterosaurs used a "pole-vaulting" action to take to the air. They say the creatures took off using all four of their limbs.


Source: BBC News | Comments (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by farandaway 14 years ago
Okay, when I first read the title of this article, I thought maybe they 'pole vaulted', using their beaks to push themselves up. That would have looked really cool in the video. Sorry. LOL
Comment icon #2 Posted by Littlehawk 14 years ago
I'd imagined that as well! lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by JGirl 14 years ago
I'd imagined that as well! lol me too!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Metalhead 14 years ago
I thought they would have used some sort of a stick...


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