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Re: Pterosaurs in trees? NOT!
In a message dated 97-06-24 10:51:46 EDT, Bettyc@flyinggoat.com (Bettyc)
If you were attached to a tree limb only (horizontally) you could brace
with your wing fingers along the branch, like a knuckle-walking gorilla
with it's arms stretched out in front of it, but if you hung from a
branch (quadrapedally like a sloth) your schnoz gets in the way again
cause to look around you have to make clearance room for the beak (and
whatever crest you might have) to turn your head. Awkward and possibly
a danger to an animal that can't look around very quickly.
Well, but do we know how flexible your typical pterasaur neck was? Couldn't
they have rested their head vertically along the trunk as well as their body
and looked around with peripheral vision? Which leads me to ask (as I am
woefully ignorant about these guys): were most pterasaurs blessed with
binocular vision? (Which would put a hole in my hypothesis.)