from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the patagium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a patagium: as, the patagial expansion of the integument.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The recent discussion about pterosaur patagia inspired this simple, but I think effective, visual representation of many possibilities for patagial ? configurations.
While this pterosaur is incomplete, the patagial edge is continuous, smoothly concave, and grades neatly into the side of the tarsus (see images above: click on them for larger versions).
Claims that the patagial margins preserved in the fossil actually represent cracks are utterly unconvincing.
Perhaps because it appears to have reasonable and easily understood character support and is exciting in contending that a complex and strongly modified bit of morphology – namely the bat wing, with its bizarre elongated fingers and patagial membranes – evolved independently more than once.
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