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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.
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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-
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!