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How did giant pterosaurs fly ?

Posted on Sunday, 2 October, 2011 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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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."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 2 October, 2011, 19:52
A illustration of the new aerodynamic theory would have help explain the new flight of the giant pterosaurs more clearly :
Comment icon #10 Posted by dharma warrior on 3 October, 2011, 1:31
Aliens did it. Or maybe ghosts. I'm not sure.
Comment icon #11 Posted by angi chiesa on 3 October, 2011, 2:39
Theory states that the large BUMBLE BEE cannot fly. Noone has told the bee so it gets airborne and gathers honey.
Comment icon #12 Posted by BiffWellington on 3 October, 2011, 6:47
There's only one explanation...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Travelling Man on 3 October, 2011, 18:27
There's only one explanation... You, Sir, are a jerk. I REALLY like my diet cola beverage. Because of you and your picture, I spewed a large mouthful out - THROUGH MY NOSE!!! It hurt, and you should feel shame. Please don't do that again... or I will be forced to do something unpleasant to a small, cute, woodland creature, and I am sure that neither of us wants that to happen. Or do you?
Comment icon #14 Posted by BiffWellington on 3 October, 2011, 18:38
You, Sir, are a jerk. I REALLY like my diet cola beverage. Because of you and your picture, I spewed a large mouthful out - THROUGH MY NOSE!!! It hurt, and you should feel shame. Please don't do that again... or I will be forced to do something unpleasant to a small, cute, woodland creature, and I am sure that neither of us wants that to happen. Or do you? I'm sorry. Truly I am.... Or am I
Comment icon #15 Posted by DieChecker on 3 October, 2011, 19:45
There's only one explanation... I thought Babylon 5 was canceled. What is this guy doing, going to a B5 convention as a Centari?
Comment icon #16 Posted by BiffWellington on 3 October, 2011, 19:56
I thought Babylon 5 was canceled. What is this guy doing, going to a B5 convention as a Centari? AH! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!
Comment icon #17 Posted by ShadowSot on 3 October, 2011, 20:25
What I got from it, is that the center of balance for pterosaurs is different that commonly depicted, and would have resulted in a different style of flight. They're commonly depicted as flying and soaring like birds, but like many depictions of dinosaurs, that may become anachronistic.
Comment icon #18 Posted by setaims on 4 October, 2011, 6:59
How exactly does a posi track rear end on a plymouth work...It just does.


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