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How ancient reptiles were streamlined for flight

Artist’s depiction of a Late Jurassic pterodactyloid pterosaur in flight

A pterosaur (artist’s impression) sliced easily through the air thanks in part to muscles that formed an aerodynamic covering between its wings and neck. Credit: Alex Boersma

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Nature 598, 542 (2021)



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    Pittman, M., Barlow, L. A., Kaye, T. G. & Habib, M. B. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA (2021).

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