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Re: Those amazing walking bats
Guy Leahy <email@example.com> wrote:
Interesting stuff. The paper is open access, although the current version is
Suzanne J Hand, Vera Weisbecker, Robin MD Beck, Michael Archer, Henk Godthelp,
Alan JD Tennyson, and Trevor H Worthy. Bats that walk: a new evolutionary
hypothesis for the terrestrial behaviour of New Zealand's endemic mystacinids.
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2009, 9:169doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-16
> Could pterosaurs have used a similar gait while on the ground?
Good question... I don't think I'm qualified to answer it. The authors do note
that the "scuttling" quadrupedal gait of these walking bats was/is associated
with their particular habitat and ecology: "With the body held close to the
substrate, this style of locomotion [pushing forward and sideways] is well
suited to moving in confined places, and presumably also for digging through
and under leaf litter." Are there any pterosaurs that fit that particular