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Re: Sky Monsters (w/spoilers)
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From: "Michael Habib" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: Sky Monsters (w/spoilers)
I've hardly made up my mind on feeding biology in Quetzalcoatlus.
However, I would like to note that it is not actually all that stork or
heron like with regards to feeding-related anatomy (though there are
enough superficial similarities in the face for it to be a tempting
The shape of the tip of the snout is very different from storks and
herons -- and very unlike at least one of the azhdarchids in Sky Monsters.
Most importantly, rapid-striking in the heron or stork style requires a
fairly flexible neck. They have lots of short cervicals that anchor a
large number of short muscles in the neck. Such a setup is, in fact,
quite the opposite of the azhdarchid arrangement (where you get a few
short cervicals likely anchoring small numbers of long muscles).
The hard stops in the quetz cerivicals don't allow a striking type of
motion. Their mobility is quite limited.
Now, not all storks use rapid striking, but those that don't are largely
That has been proposed for quetz. Again, the tip of the snout doesn't
appear to me to be designed for that.