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Research Article

Did Pterosaurs Feed by Skimming? Physical Modelling and Anatomical Evaluation of an Unusual Feeding Method

  • Stuart Humphries mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: s.humphries@sheffield.ac.uk

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

    ¤ Current address: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Richard H. C Bonser,

    Affiliation: School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

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  • Mark P Witton,

    Affiliation: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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  • David M Martill

    Affiliation: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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  • Published: July 24, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050204
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Stuart Humphries
School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Richard H. C Bonser
School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Mark P Witton, David M Martill
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: s.humphries@sheffield.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

SH conceived and designed the experiments. All authors performed the experiments and wrote the paper. SH and RHCB analyzed the data. SH, RHCB, and DMM contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools.