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Re: the bipedal ptero-challenge
> Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 11:37:52 -0800
> From: "James R. Cunningham" <email@example.com>
> Both types of Quetzalcoatlus appear to have been capable of
> launching from flat ground without running in a dead calm, and would
> still be capable of doing so in today's atmosphere. The technique
> is rather neat, very efficient, within their ability to generate
> power (a flapping launch isn't), and doesn't involve bipedalism or
> initial mandatory flapping.
Wow. You've done a great build-up job on this Mystery Technique. Are
you going to tell us what it is? :-)
It seems like only yesterday that the aerodynamics/biomechanics guys
were telling us that _Pteranodon_ was at the absolute limit of how big
an animal could be and still fly; yet here we are with _Q._ not just
flying but lunging up into the air without a run-up. Don'tcha just
_love_ those Fundamental Size Limits? ;-)
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> www.miketaylor.org.uk
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