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Re: Quetzalcoatlus could not jump into the air

LOL....yes, its a joke...but the point is valid.  Quetz COULD fly.  He did
it easily, no doubt.  If we humans seem to have a problem with that...the
problem is that we haven't been smart enough YET to figure out the answer.
Negative analyses are not terrible useful :)

And one of these days. We'll look back and say...well, duh...of course
that's how they did it!

Clair Russell Ossian, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Geology
Tarrant County College
2805 Raintree Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006


On 11/8/12 5:25 PM, "Tim Williams" <tijawi@gmail.com> wrote:

> Clair Ossian <clastic@verizon.net> wrote:
>> So this is like the famous Sikorsky quote about bumblebees?
>> According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee can't fly, but the
>> bumblebee doesn't know anything about the laws of aerodynamics, so it goes
>> ahead and flies anyway.
> I didn't know this quote came from Sikorsky.  In any case, it's an
> urban myth.  Torkel Weis-Fogh (Cambridge University) demonstrated in
> the 1970's how bumblebees can fly.
> It's unfortunate that this 'according to the laws of aerodynamics
> bumblebees cannot fly' myth still gets perpetuated.  Often it's used
> mischievously as an argument for why scientists shouldn't be trusted -
> along the lines of "But scientists tell us it's impossible for
> bumblebees to fly.  So what do you scientists know."  Ironically, it
> was rigorous and detailed scientific study that revealed just how
> bumblebees do fly.  I don't doubt that Clair knows all this - my
> response is not directed at him.  Considering that this persistent
> myth has been raised, I think it's a good idea to point out that it
> was totally refuted four decades ago.
> Cheers
> Tim