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the LINE drawings in question (NOT the painting) show 2 views of Q
(scavenging like a vulture on a large carcass and as an active
predator)- to illustrate the conflicting theories of lifestyle. The line
drawings don't illustrate such an exclusive marine existance as you take
umbrage against.

JimC tells me Q's neck was probably pretty stiff.


darren.naish@port.ac.uk wrote:
> On the necks of azhdarchid pterosaurs, Jaime wrote...
> > Sibbick's painting is hypothetical, rather than based
> > on fact. I guess storks and other long-necked birds
> > were the basis of the restoration, but that's a guess.
> Perhaps Jim C could throw in a few comments here.
> The idea in the Sibbick painting is (Frey and Martill's) that these
> pterosaurs were slow marine gliders that used ground effect, oriented
> the neck so it was ventral to the most downward excursion of the
> wingtip, and caught fish by grabbing from the water surface. The neck
> is held pretty straight, cranial crests wouldn't be a good idea because
> wind blowing in from the side would place a lot of torque on the neck,
> and a very mobile thoracic-cervical transition point is a necessity. To
> break the water surface with the minimum of resistance the animal also
> has to have very blade-like distal jaws: hence the beak shape in the
> _Arambourgiania_ model. I have a big problem with this in that I think
> contact with the water surface for a flying animal of this size would
> disrupt the glide, even at slow speed. This is something we spend a lot
> of time arguing about.

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