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Water-bourne pterosaur launch


Quick question: in numerous threads on pterosaur launch there's been mentions 
of pterosaurs taking off from water, but, to my knowledge, it's never really 
been discussed further. The mechanics of water launching have to be quite 
different to those acting on terrestrially-launching critters, and I've never 
really been too sure how it would work. Anyone (and I'm particularly glancing 
over at Mike and Jim here, seeing as they're typically the guys saying it can 
happen) come up with a suitable mechanism for it?

Back to work.



Dr. Mark Witton

Palaeobiology Research Group
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth
Burnaby Building
Burnaby Road

Tel: (44)2392 842418
E-mail: Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk