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Re: A note on pterosaur nesting behavior

Imagine a bat baby buried.
The wear and tear on the wing and hind limb membrane as it escapes its burial chamber would be problematic.

While all fossils are buried, the indications of the present three embryos do not indicate intentional burial.

If buried, evidently pterosaurs buried their eggs one at a time.

If lepidosaurs, the eggs could have been laid within a short time of hatching, which is the present indication.

David Peters

On Jul 23, 2009, at 10:57 PM, Mike Habib wrote:

On Jul 23, 2009, at 6:25 PM, David Peters wrote:

New paper on ptero eggs

Grellet-Tinner, Gerald, Wroe, Stephen, Thompson, Michael B. and Ji, Qiang(2007)'A note on pterosaur nesting
behavior',Historical Biology,19:4,273 — 277

Assuming they were archosaur eggs, yes, the eggs would probably have to be buried.
But if not archosaurs, the possibilities expand.

Based on the data in the paper, I don't entirely agree that the egg burial model depends on an archosaurian position. The structural traits examined by the authors are also indicative of egg burial in living squamates, for example. I don't see how alternative phylogenetic positions would actually change the functional conclusion based on physiological correlates in this case. Regardless, and interesting paper and well worth the quick read for anyone with an interest in pterosaurs.



Michael Habib, M.S.
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