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Re: Tanystropheus egg question
IF pterosaurs hatched from eggs,
As they almost certainly did.
THEN would tanystropheids also hatch from eggs?Depends on the theory you subscribe to. If pterosaurs had prolacertiform
ancestors, then Tanystropheus was oviparous also, but if pterosaurs were
a sistergroup to dinosaurs, then Tanystropheus _could_ have been
oviparous considering phylgenetic bracketing, but we wouldn't know for
sure unless an egg was found with a Tanystropheus embryo.
and if so,Before I say anything else, could I see photos of these specimens? I
think that they might have been much smaller when they hatched or the
cervical vertebrae grew quite fast soon after the creature hatched atd
terefore even many small specimens would have long, stiff necks.
how would that work out â€“ with a _stiff_ neck on the smallest known specimens already twice the torso in length?
Then apply the same parameters to Quetzalcoatlus.
It would have worked the same way.
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