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Re: Did pterosaurs feed by skimming?
Mark Witton wrote:
However, this is
not to say that some pterosaurs don't have well-developed pedal claws:
UV light on Pterodactylus and tapejarid material from the Solnhofen and
Crato limestones show that some pterosaurs had enormous, recurved claws
on their feet. They are relatively slender despite their length though,
so any pterosaur trying to grab struggling prey with claws like these
might've done more damage to itself than it would to its prey.
One study (so far unpublished, AFAIK) suggests that the foot-claws were
adapted for walking and wading, and that the hand-claws were used for the
manipulation of prey...