Welcome to the blogspot of the Pterosaur Flight Dynamics Group, a collaboration of various institutions including: the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (SMNK), the University of Karlsuhe and the DLR, Göttingen. As its name suggests, the group focuses primarily on the flight characteristics of the world’s first true vertebrate fliers, the pterosaurs.
It is difficult to remember a time when pterosaurs were quite as popular a study group as they are now, a fortuitous fact given that after over 200 years of scientific study there are still many aspects of their life that remain poorly understood. These range from relatively simple factors such as diet and feeding preferences to more complex issues such as physiology and development. To address the growing interest in pterosaurs from both academic workers and the general public http://www.pterosaur.net was launched earlier this year to educate and inform interested parties about what exactly pterosaurs are as well as discuss several aspects of their biology. While not exclusively dealing with pterosaurs both http://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com and Tetrapod Zoology (http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/) occasionally cover some interesting issues.
The purpose of this site is to provide a rather informal outlet for the research group and of course deals almost exclusively with how pterosaurs flew and activities relating to flight. Since the creation of the group at the 6th annual meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontology last year there have been a number of interesting developments and even more hours spend sending models, and occasionally group members, down a wind tunnel. Thus this spot will also provide a forum for some interesting results that have come out of the project so far. In summary we hope this site serves as a good resource for anyone interested in pterosaur flight and provides a more detailed look at one of the more intriguing aspects of pterosaur biology.