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Re: New bird /pterosaur flight paper in PLoS ONE

No. The biggest pterosaurs are still superbly adapted to flight, and their morphological changes from the smaller animals give them the capacity to do so.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Anthony Docimo" <keenir@hotmail.com>
To: <dannj@alphalink.com.au>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:32 PM
Subject: RE: New bird /pterosaur flight paper in PLoS ONE

Is it possible that the breeding individuals (of various pterosaurs, particularly Azhdarchids & other big ones) were of reasonable size and good at flying/soaring....while the massive fossils we find are of individuals whose flight skills are lessened because they are past the prime age of breeding?

(the above theory relies on the assumption that, like crocodiles, pterosaurs don't stop growing until they die)

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