Yet more media fall out

So after all the media attention that fell on the theropod hunting paper, now the pterosaur wings are getting some credit – National Geographic no less and Discovery. Before anyone asks, yes I will be widening the door to the office to accommodate my head so that I can actually leave.

Edit: Now also on Nature‘s website and with the UV photo too.

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5 Responses to “Yet more media fall out”


  1. 1 Julia 06/08/2009 at 8:19 pm

    Are we going to see a follow-up to your feature in GQ with you actually modelling for them? I foresee a second Men Of SVP calendar… 😉

  2. 2 David Hone 06/08/2009 at 8:58 pm

    Fortunately for the eyeballs of all concerned I think I am too far away in China for that to be a possibility.

  3. 3 Kilian Hekhuis 07/08/2009 at 9:28 pm

    Oh my, Dutch news site nu.nl has discovered this too. It is renowned for badly translating and editing already bad news items from other sites. A translation of parts into English:

    “The pterosaur, a species of dinosaur that died out 65 million years ago, is a better flyer than assumed up till now, research has shown. Inside the wings of the flying reptile, special fibers have been found.”

    (…)

    “Further research on the wing of the well preserved fossil indicates that the pterosaur had the capability to move itself through the air with the same proficiency as the present-day bird.

    The flying reptiles, who came into being about 220 million years ago, were always thought to be lousy fliers. They were assumed to be able to glide and make small adjustments to their line of flight.”

    “Fiber’s on the pterosaur’s body demonstrate the animal could control its body temperature. Alexander Kellner (…) says to Reuters that this proves the reptile was warmblooded.”

    Ok, enough of this nonsense for now…

  4. 5 Kilian Hekhuis 07/08/2009 at 10:47 pm

    Me too, just not about this particular subject🙂.


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