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The Ornithosauria

H. G. Seeley

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. . .Footnote_10">[J] Ueber Pterodactylus Suevicus. Tubingen 1855.

In the long thigh, with the long neck, Quenstedt sees evidence that the animal was able to walk upright, being probably still more upright than birds, since the great disproportion between the neck on the one hand, and the thigh on the other, could not have allowed a more appropriate position. At the same time he makes a question, Did it go on four feet? But a little later, in his book, Sonst und Jetzt, 1856, he gives a sketch of the animal resting on its four legs; and remarks, "The position upon four feet is however hypothetical, but is probable. It had its wings folded back. The slightly curved and thin bones of the middle hand probably served to support the flying-membrane, and had therefore the same function as the spur-bone in the bats." Finally, he says in his book, der Jura, p. 813, "Perhaps this animal walked from time to time on four legs, being then supported by the fore-end of the met. . . Read More