Posted on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 | 18 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
Image credit: Mark Witton, Darren Naish
The basic physics of how giant prehistoric flying reptiles flew has been challenged by scientists.
Depictions in books and models of pterosaurs soaring across the skies could be wrong according to new research, instead the creatures would have needed more crescent-shaped wings angled further forward than previously thought in order to sustain flight.
"With 23-foot wingspans and hefty bodies, the largest of the ancient airborne reptiles of the era of the dinosaurs might seem the unlikeliest of flying machines."