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Re: pteros have lift-off
Mike, everyone knows in birds they start in the folded position,
basically laterally. Out and up or up and out. In your scenario, pteros
start with the folded position, basically ventrally and on the ground.
Birds: jump -- upstroke during which the wing unfolds -- downstroke.
Pterosaurs: jump -- upstroke during which the wing unfolds -- downstroke.
So pteros go from a complete down position at the moment of
becoming airborne to an up wing position prior to apogee?
That's one heckuva leap.
Well... yes. :-| Regard the jump as a modified downstroke (that's the whole
difference to the way birds do it); it's no wonder it's followed by an