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Pterosaur Aerodynamics

The pterosaur was an enormous prehistoric reptile that flew with wings of living membrane stretched over a single long bone, unlike any of today’s flying creatures. New research using carbon fiber wing analogues and wind tunnel testing suggests that the pterosaur would have been a slow, soaring flyer well adapted to using thermals for lift. Once on a thermal, the pterosaur could coast, perhaps for hours at a time, with little to no flapping necessary. See the research paper or the Scientific American article for more. #

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