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Huge Flying Reptiles Ate Dinosaurs

May 30, 2008
clipped from www.livescience.com


With a name like T. rex, you’d expect to be safe from even the fiercest paleo-bullies. Turns out, ancient, flying reptiles could have snacked on Tyrannosaurus Rex babies and other landlubbing runts of the dinosaur world.


A new study reveals a group of flying reptiles that lived during the Age of Dinosaurs some 230 million to 65 million years ago did not catch prey in flight, but rather stalked them on land.


Until now, paleontologists pictured the so-called “winged lizards” or pterosaurs as skim-feeders. In this vision, the creatures would have flown over lakes and oceans grabbing fish from the water’s surface, much as gulls do today.


“In our hypothesis, flight is primarily a locomotive method,” said co-researcher Mark Witton of the University of Portsmouth in England. “They’re just using it to get from point A to point B. We think the majority of their lives, when they’re feeding and reproducing, that’s all being done on the ground rather than in the air.”

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