Dragons of the Air

IMGP2431My PhD student Ross Elgin has made an appearance on the Musings from time to time, most notably with his guest post on pterosaur head crests (from his paper that was part of the Wellnhofer volume – still available people!). Now however Ross has launched is own blog too in order to help put his work and that of the ‘Pterosaur Flight Dynamics Group’ based in Karlsruhe into the spotlight.

For those who love their pterosaurs therefore, I suggest you head on over to Dragons of the Air where the first posts are already up, with more to follow, plus of course a number of pages on the research group too. Shamefully this means that I can’t get him to write any more guest posts for me, but on the upside, there’ll be more pterosaur goodness for everyone.  In order to kick things off in as an appropriate manner as possible, have a nice picture of a Tapejara in all its magnificence as can be found hanging from the ceiling in the main hall of the Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe.

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5 Responses to “Dragons of the Air”


  1. 1 220mya 10/11/2009 at 12:36 am

    The Wellnhofer pterosaur volume is only still available if the guy replies to your emails. I have written him at least 3 separate times, and never gotten a response.

  2. 3 Zachary Miller 10/11/2009 at 2:23 am

    I, too, still need to procure a copy of that tome. I keep forgetting about it. The ceratopsian volume (which REFUSES TO BE PUBLISHED) takes up all my brain’s bookspace.

  3. 4 Tor Bertin 10/11/2009 at 3:52 am

    That head crest is utterly bizarre… any idea as to how it would have affected its aerodynamic abilities?

    • 5 David Hone 10/11/2009 at 8:33 am

      Yes, Ross and i did that work a few years ago but it remains unpublished I’m afraid, but there is an obscure abstract on it somewhere I think from a very small meeting.


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