August 20, 2009

Prehistoric Runway for Pterosaurs

As seen in the video below, scientists have always known of the existence of the flying dinosaurs known as pterosaurs, but until recently they only knew but so much about how they flew. Now, however, paleontologists are getting a chance to study actual pterosaur tracks for the first time, after the discovery of a prehistory "runway" where the creatures used to land and take off millions of years ago, in the land now known as France.

Prehistoric Runway for Pterosaurs

Scientists uncovered the first known landing tracks of one of these extinct flying reptiles at a site dubbed "Pterosaur Beach," in the fine-grained limestone deposits of an ancient lagoon in southwestern France dating back 140 million years to the Late Jurassic...

Prehistoric Runway for Pterosaurs

Posted at August 20, 2009 6:19 AM

Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs.
They are a group distinct from them, just as birds are distinct from mammals. Birds though, are often regarded by many scientists as flying dinosaurs.

Posted by: David at August 20, 2009 9:30 AM

The lead anchor needs to lay off the java and find an alternative to his profession, quit making love to the camera and let the guest talk. Poor co-anchor was thrown out because this guy has no respect. And get your facts straight before you decide to grab the glory of the topic.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 20, 2009 2:25 PM

"he lead anchor needs to lay off the java and find an alternative to his profession,..."

I agree, the interviewer is a card-carrying, dues-paying, registered tool-shed.

Posted by: Matt at August 20, 2009 5:44 PM

Thumbs UP and Thumbs Down on this interview. The scientist was fantastic, well-spoken, great enthusiasm and good graphics. The Lead Anchor...all I could think of was "Shut UP! Shut UP! SHUT UP!" I envisioned Ted Knight from the old Mary Tyler Moore show, in this spot. A goober, to be sure, I agree with the other posters that his snarky, ill-mannered jabber-fest was not necessary and he was more interested in being BMOC than a generous, interested interviewer. Kudos to the scientist for being able to get a word in, edge-wise.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 21, 2009 9:10 AM

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