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Re: Floating pterosaurs

Preliminary calculations indicate that pterosaurs could have taken off from fresh water without significant difficulty, at least up the midrange sizes (5 to 7 meters span). Larger ones may have been able to do so as well -- haven't looked at them yet. Taking off from salt water would be easier.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Dann Pigdon" <dannj@alphalink.com.au>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 6:22 PM
Subject: Re: Floating pterosaurs

might also have been possible for pterosaurs to have taken off wet, since
they used skin membranes instead of feathers. Then again, modern bats don't do well when they fall into water.