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RE: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?



I assume you realise it was the informal name for predatory birds
(particularly those with 'prey-grasping' feet) for a long time before it was
used informally for non-avian dinosaurs! 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Brandon Pilcher
> Sent: Friday, 27 July 2007 2:06 AM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
> 
> BTW, yes, I know, you meant birds of prey by "raptors", but 
> it is my opinion that, in the context of discussions about 
> NON-avian Dinosauria, "raptor" 
> should be informal for dromeosaurid. I hate it when people 
> use that word for birds.
> 
> >From: Brandon Pilcher <trex_kid@hotmail.com>
> >Reply-To: trex_kid@hotmail.com
> >To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> >Subject: Re: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
> >Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 00:00:32 +0800
> >
> >>The grasping ability of pterosaur
> >>feet, to my knowledge, is still understudied, but a cursory 
> glance at 
> >>their pedal morphology suggests their ability to grasp things, 
> >>raptor-style, was limited.
> >
> >Dromeosaurids, to the best of my knowledge, used their feet for 
> >locomotion like all non-avian theropods, not for holding 
> prey like falconiforms.
> >
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