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RE: Pterosaur Takeoffs (Under-rated Bats)
On Tue, 12 Oct 1999 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Speculation on pterosaur take-offs in the literature seems
> to be overlooking some recent research on species of bats
> that move about on the ground and can get into the air
> directly from a flat surface without climbing to some
> higher perch. Vampire bats can do this by leaping into the
> air. I have not read the entire paper, but a detailed
> abstract is viewable at
> http://www.biologist.com/JEB/200/23/jeb1149.html. Also,
This link does not appear to work, you get a 404 error.
> the false vampire bat (Vampyrum spectrum) of Central and
> South America hunts prey (rodents, insects) on the ground
> and can get airborne with a hop even though it is the
> largest bat in the New World, with a wingspan of over 70
> cm. I have seen footage of this feat on the Discovery
> Channel but couldn't track down a reference in the
> literature or find a website that goes into any detail.
I have also seen this (or similar) footage and my first
thought was pterosaurs.