Inferring the properties of the pterosaur wing membrane

  title={Inferring the properties of the pterosaur wing membrane},
  author={Colin Palmer},
  journal={Special Publications},
  pages={57 - 68}
  • C. Palmer
  • Published 17 February 2017
  • Geography
  • Special Publications
Abstract The preservation of the wing membrane of pterosaurs is very poor and the available fossil evidence does not allow its properties to be reconstructed. In contrast, the fossil record for the wing bones is relatively good and the advent of CT scanning has made it possible to build high-fidelity structural models of the wing spar. The bending strength of the wing spar of a 6 m wingspan ornithocheirid pterosaur is used to infer the likely membrane tension. The tensions required to suppress… 
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