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Re: Pterosaur Track Show Bird-Like Landing

For those that want more videos or information on the ceiling landings in bats, they are from the research of Dan Riskin, at Brown University. He has some great resources online, and is a great resource, himself, on bat mechanics. Note that the inverted bat landings differ (as one would anticipate) from ground landings.



Michael Habib
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On Aug 19, 2009, at 6:11 AM, David Peters wrote:

Pterosaur tracks show it touched down like a bird New Scientist - 19 August 2009 by Colin Barras More at: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17633-pterosaur-tracks-show-it-touched-down-like-a- bird.html

Dr. Padian had me create a short GIF movie showing how this was done, which he showed as part of his presented abstract. This is available on request. I don't think any 4-point touchdown has been envisioned yet for pterosaurs, but there's one here for bats
And here's the complementary 2-point landing, both inverted
and then there's the swimming stroke

Those darn bats!

David Peters
St. Louis