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RE: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
I have seen 'diurnal raptor' and 'nocturnal raptor' used informally for
Falconiformes and Strigiformes respectively somewhere, but yeah strictly
used for Falconiformes.
I assume the term has been used for at least a century (any rough idea when
it was first used?) seeing it's latin I assume it's an old use of the word.
I'm sure I used to know when and who started using the term for non-avian
dinosaurs, but can't recall now - was it Crichton or Bakker or someone else?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> On Behalf Of Michael Habib
> Sent: Friday, 27 July 2007 2:19 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: 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).
> --Mike H.