New Find: Pterosaur Had Strange Crest, Fishing Style

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Unlike skimmers and other modern birds, however, T. sethi's massive crest and less flexible neck would have prevented it from submerging its entire head when skimming, limiting its food supply to the animals at the very surface of the water.

But because of its large wingspan, T. sethi would have been able to glide over longer distances and flap its wings less frequently than modern birds, the scientists suggested. This would have allowed it to stay close to the surface of the water for longer periods of time.

Kellner and de Almedia Campos Campos are also at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Recent National Geographic News stories on dinosaurs:
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Additional dinosaur resources from National Geographic:
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