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Re: Tail feathers
Matthew Troutman wrote:
> Based on what it is known about bird flight and the known and
> hypothetical use of the tail during flight, I find it rather perplexing
> that pterodactyloid pterosaurs didn't have a similiar system. Dave
> Peters has suggested that some of the pterosaur fossils show a
> uropatagium, this could have functioned like a locomotor module.
Dave is right on this. They did, and it did, assisted by that portion
of the brachiopatagium between the elbow and knee.