Funcional morphology of pterosaurs
Functional morphology of pterosaurs
In spite of being a long known and thoroughly investigated group, flying reptiles or pterosaurs are still enigmatic creatures of the Mesozoic tetrapod faunas with ambiguous origin and relations as well as a lot of uncertainties surrounding their lifestyle or flight abilities. How did they control their sometimes enormous wings? Were some of them too heavy to get aloft? Could some have become flightless? Morphology of the skeleton along with bone histology helps us reconstructing soft tissues like muscles and ligaments and physiological features such as metabolic and/or growth rate all of which may provide us with further insight into the secrets of the life of pterosaurs.