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2010-11-16 06:15:00

A new study finds that ancient pterosaurs took flight by "pole-vaulting" using all four of their limbs. The winged reptiles vaulted over their wings, initially pushing off with their hind limbs and then thrusting themselves upwards with their strong arm muscles, the researchers said. Pterosaurs roamed the Earth at the same time as the dinosaurs, existing from about 220 million to 65 million years ago from the Triassic Period until the end of the Cretaceous.  The study's findings...

2009-01-07 09:38:29

Dinosaur-era pterosaurs, often referred to as pterodactyls, used their arms as well as their legs to leap into flight, a computerized model suggests. In fact, pterosaurs -- believed to have died off 65 million years ago in the same cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs on land and plesiosaurs at sea -- had much stronger arms than legs, which is the opposite of the way birds are built, Michael Habib, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University medical school's Center for Functional Anatomy...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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