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Flight of the Plesiosaurs
T. Lingham-Soliar has recently published a paper titled,_Plesiosaur
locomotion: Is the four-wing problem real or merely an atheoretical
exercise?_N.Jb. Geol. Palaont.Abh., 217: 45-87, July 2000. In the paper
Soliar questions the four-wing model of aquatic flight and postulates one
wherein the fore-paddles were the main propulsive and lift generating organs,
leaving the rear set for steering and stability.
Mary has just alerted me to a popular version of this article in the
Guardian written by Lingham-Soliar in less technical language and available
on line at:
It would be interesting to hear some thoughts on this...Darren? Dan Varner.