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Re: pteros have lift-off
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From: "David Marjanovic" <email@example.com
Could it have ended with everything _except the wing finger_ fully extended
and vertical, then an upstroke, and only then a full downstroke during
which the entire wing is extended?
Yes, though the wing isn't quite in the vertical plane and the wingfinger is
partially opened by the time the manus leaves the ground (though wingtip
hasn't extended enough to be horizontal)). The wing locus strongly
resembles a typical flight upstroke by the latter half of that first
upstroke. The first downstroke is typical of any downstroke.
This would of course require that the pterosaur continued to move upwards
during this first upstroke, powered by leftover inertia from the leap.
It is also partially powered by the forces developed by the wingfinger while
Whether the power for that was available is testable.