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Re: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?




On Thursday, July 26, 2007, at 12:16 PM, Chris Glen wrote:

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!

And, in fact, the technical usage refers to members of Falconiformes, in particular. (i.e. a true raptor is a falconiform, though a "raptorial" bird could include an owl or other predatory bird with a hypertrophied gripping talon).


Cheers,

--Mike H.