Flying reptile was configured like sailing boat

'Their design is very similar to a sailing ship, but nobody had come up with the idea that they could actually sail like a sailing boat,' said Sankar Chatterjee, a geoscientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, USA.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

SYDNEY: An anatomical reanalysis of an extinct pterosaur, dating to the time of the dinosaurs, suggests the creature literally sailed the seas.

"Their design is very similar to a sailing ship, but nobody had come up with the idea that they could actually sail like a sailing boat," said Sankar Chatterjee, a geoscientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, USA.

Chaterjee presented his findings this week at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, where he told delegates that the reptile's versatile design could be used to inspire military defence robots.

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