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Adam Yates: Sharovipteryx and Sclermochlus



Sharovipteryx and Scleromochlus are both little and bipedal- but that's about
as far as their similarity takes them on available evidence, to my mind.  The
skull, forelimbs and tails are very different, as are pedal digits V.  In my
opinion Sharovipteryx is an example of a bipedal protopterosaur that gave up
life in the trees (contrary to traditional interpretations).  It was an
aerobic sprinter with membranes used for showing off or cooling off.
Sclermochlus has what it takes to be close to dinosaurs.

D Peters