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RE: Nice example of narrow chord pterosaur wing on the 'net
If I were to take that fossil at face value and assume the wing as preserved
would have been precisely that in life, I would assume that the patagium would
only extend just beyond the first knuckle of the wing finger and no further.
This would not be evidence of a narrow-chord wing, but rather of a no-chord
wing; a non-wing, as it were. This is unlikely to be the case, I think, based
on preservation of apparent flgiht-related adaptations in what has been
contended as a juvenile fossil, such that the integument should therefore be
assume to be incompletely preserved.
Jaime A. Headden
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> Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:57:53 -0500
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> Subject: Nice example of narrow chord pterosaur wing on the 'net
> Not sure how it can be interpreted any differently, but please give it a shot.
> David Peters
> St. Louis
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