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Re: Bat wing hairs

Hair like structures show up on a wide variety of pterosaurs, but generally not 
on the wing membranes.  However, anurognathids might have some hairs on the 
wings themselves, based upon the wing impressions preserved with Jeholopterus.


--Mike H.

On Jun 27, 2011, at 11:10 AM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:

> http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110620/full/news.2011.376.html
> Bats use tiny hairs to sense the speed and direction of air flowing over 
> their wings. This may alert them to the danger of stalling and enable them 
> to perform impressive aerobatic tricks, according to a report published 
> today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1.
> [...]
> Just out curiousity, have hair like structures been noted in any pterosaur 
> (and the like) impressions?

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