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  • n. Alternative spelling of hind limb.

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  • n. a posterior appendage such as a leg or the homologous structure in other animals


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  • This data indicates that pterosaurs were constrained in hindlimb proportions in the same manner that bats are.

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  • Except in very rare cases the bones or cartilage of whales and dolphins homologous to pelvic and hindlimb elements are internal or largely so.

    Luskin, Haeckel, Richardson, Richards - The Panda's Thumb

  • Others maintain that there might have been a variety of attachments, and that having the hindlimb free of the main wing would have aerodynamic advantages for the large dynamic soarers such as Anhanguera and Pteranodon.

    Life's Time Capsule: Questions about Pterosaurs #1

  • On the apparent absence of the patagium in the 'from behind' image (if I may), note that there is, actually, some strange baggy skin on the animal's right side (anterior to its hindlimb), while on the left we can just about make out what appears to be an unusual amount of loose skin extending, along the anterior surface of the left hindlimb, from the ankle toward the belly.

    That’s no mystery carnivore (part II)… it’s a giant squirrel!

  • And both groups practise hindlimb-dominated locomotion and erect trunk postures.

    Literally, flying lemurs (and not dermopterans)

  • In more detailed papers, Pettigrew (1991) and Pettigrew et al. (1989) marshaled evidence from eye, brain and spinal cord anatomy, fore - and hindlimb, finger and metacarpal proportions, and haemoglobin sequences, and again concluded that megabats and primates shared a common ancestor, and that microbats were not close relatives of megabats, but that their affinities lay elsewhere.

    We flightless primates

  • The entire carcass was split open along its ventral surface, the bones of its pelvis were partially dislocated, and its left hindlimb was defleshed right down to the bones.

    The Cupar roe deer carcass

  • The point of figuring a sauropterygian hindlimb was to show how the skeletal structure of the sauropterygian limb resembled the inferred bony structure of the Naden Harbour ‘tail pseudo-fluke’.


  • I find the most plausible explanation for this to be the linking of the fore - and hindlimbs by patagia: because pterosaur hindlimbs were always a part of the wing apparatus, pterosaurs did not evolve the diverse hindlimb morphology that birds did.

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  • -- The famous ‘dark wing’ Rhamphorhynchus specimen preserves intact, in-situ patagia, and the left brachiopatagium ‘curves caudomedially and attaches to the ankle of the left hindlimb’ (Frey et al. 2003, p. 243).

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