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  • n. Plural form of patagium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of patagium.


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  • The recent discussion about pterosaur patagia inspired this simple, but I think effective, visual representation of many possibilities for patagial ? configurations.

    Life's Time Capsule: Pterosaur Gallery

  • I don't know if any studies have been done using computer models or physical models to simulate differences in flight performance based on different patagia attachments.

    Life's Time Capsule: Questions about Pterosaurs #1

  • Some workers have done this: Charles-Dominique (1977) likened the skin membranes of galagos to incipient patagia, and Feduccia (1993) used the term patagium in connection with sifakas.

    Literally, flying lemurs (and not dermopterans)

  • Now, even without all this stuff on patagia, gliding behaviour and bird origin theories, sifakas are pretty cool and interesting mammals.

    Literally, flying lemurs (and not dermopterans)

  • While the extendable flaps of indriids and some other primates are proportionally smaller than the patagia of most gliding and flying tetrapods, they are in the same place and seem to serve the same function, so it seems appropriate to give them this name.

    Literally, flying lemurs (and not dermopterans)

  • In birds, bats and other volant tetrapods, the skin membranes that function in flight are termed patagia.

    Literally, flying lemurs (and not dermopterans)

  • This indicates that broad-chord patagia are both widely distributed within pterosaurs, and the norm for the group.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • There were exceptions: K.A. von Zittel (1882) imagined pterosaurs as possessing narrow, swallow-like wings that did not attach further distally than the knee, and Harry Seeley (1901) opined that the patagia may not have incorporated the hindlimbs at all.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • In fact it was the key specimen that convinced me of the reality of broad-chord patagia.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Did they have relatively broad wing membranes [patagia from hereon] that - like those of most bats - stretched as far as their ankles, or did they have narrow patagia that attached to their hips, or perhaps to the tops of their thighs?

    Archive 2006-05-01


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