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Re: vaulting pterosaur launch, questions



Pat Norton (ptnorton@suscom-maine.net) wrote:

<What is a "significant period of time?"  The Wright brothers flew for 12  
seconds in 1903. Not very long, but pretty significant.>

  While significant historically, we can assume that flying vertebrates during 
the entirety of the Jurassic in the form of pterosaurs, Archie flying anywhere 
would not be substantially significant ... historically.

  However, distance matters somewhat when your apparent habitat was a series of 
small islands. islandhopping, if flighted, would be important as it should 
indicate, somewhat, that Archie should be more prevalent than it is. Otherwise, 
it was likely islandhopping by rafting, which should limit its distribution. 
Archie may be a poor flier after all.

  Cheers,

Jaime A. Headden