A groundbreaking discovery revealed that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles, also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability – they could fly from birth. The importance of this discovery is underlined by the fact that no other living vertebrates today or in the history of life as we know them could repeat this. This revelation has a profound impact on our understanding of the life style of pterodactyls. This is critical to understanding the overall functioning of the dinosaur world.
It used to be thought that pterodactyls would not be able to be airborne until they are adult, almost as large as birds or bats. This assumption was based on fossilized embryos of the creatures found in China with weakly developed wings.
Dr. David Unwin, a paleo-biologist at the University of Leicester, who specializes in the study of pterodactyls; Charles Deeming, a zoologist at Lincoln University Whoever studies the reproduction of birds and reptiles has been able to refute this hypothesis. They compared these embryos with data on the prenatal growth of birds and crocodiles and found that they were still at an early stage of development and were still far from hatching. The discovery of more advanced embryos in China and Argentina, which died shortly before hatching, provided evidence that pterodactyls could fly from birth. Dr. David Unwin said, "Theoretically, it's impossible what pterosaurs did, grow and fly, but they did not know that, so they did anyway."
Another fundamental difference between baby pterodactyls, also known as flaplings, and baby birds or bats, is that they had no parental care and had to feed and nurse themselves from birth. Their ability to fly gave them a life-saving survival mechanism to avoid carnivorous dinosaurs. This ability also proved to be one of their biggest causes of death, as many of them died at an early age because of the exhausting and dangerous flight process.
Research has also challenged the current view that pterodactyls behave similarly for birds and bats and has given possible answers to some key questions related to these animals. Since infants have been able to fly and grow from birth, this may explain why they were able to reach enormous wing spans far larger than any historical or current species of bird or bat. How they could carry out this process will require further research, but it is a question that would not have been asked in our understanding without these recent developments.
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