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Re: Last of the Pterosaurs

Rob Gay wrote:

<I seem to remember seeing some show in the late 80's (i think), where
they made a flapping model of this animal. I don't remember how they
got it into the air.>

  I'm not a "pterosaurologist," but I think i can answer this readily
enough. This would be MacCready's mechanic design and Greg Paul's art
design ... and worked perfectly, modelling that Quetz could fly [at
half-scale from Q. northropi], but not how it got off the ground, which
had to be launched by a remote plane. Read:

Paul, G.S. 1987. Pterodactyl habits -- Real and radio-controlled.
_Nature_ 328: 481.

Jaime "James" A. Headden

  Dinosaurs are horrible, terrible creatures! Even the
  fluffy ones, the snuggle-up-at-night-with ones. You think
  they're fun and sweet, but watch out for that stray tail
  spike! Down, gaston, down, boy! No, not on top of Momma!

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