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Re: Sky Monsters (w/spoilers)
Too bad someone told them the wings were furry or hairy. I've never seen
that. Is it true?
Not as far as I know. It was flown without first. I told them that wing
performance would deteriorate with fur. When fur was added, Mike
(the pilot) reported that it did indeed reduce performance.
I wondered, when watching the show, how much of that was because they
didn't apply the _correct_ type of pterofuzz. They used really long, wild
'n' wooly stuff that stuck off in every ol' which direction -- even an
aerodynamics neophyte like me could guess that it was going to cause too
much turbulence to keep the thing stable. I've never, ever thought of
pterofuzz (on the wings or anywhere else on the body) as looking anything
like wookie fur. Instead, I always perceived it as being more analagous to
the really short, oily kind of fur one sees on, for example, on really
short-haired dogs like chihuahuas and dobermans -- lays down all in one
direction, is really hard to muss up, and thus keeps a slick, aerodynamic
surface while retaining some capacity for insulation. This kind of fur
_can_ be made to stick up and be "fluffy," espeically when it's filthy and
waterlogged (as one would expect in a pterosaur at the bottom of a lagoon or
lake, for example). Why didn't they use that?
Jerry D. Harris
Director of Paleontology
Dixie State College
225 South 700 East
St. George, UT 84770 USA
Phone: (435) 652-7758
Fax: (435) 656-4022
"Actually, it's a bacteria-run planet, but
mammals are better at public relations."
-- Dave Unwin