posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 05:21 AM
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by Pythein
The stories of the pterosaurs have them being cliff hanging, cave dwelling animals that come out to warm, and to hunt. I would be expected that an
animal with such a wingspan, being dark in color, would find it very easy to achieve and maintain blood warmth from ultra high altitudes.
It has also been shown that dinosaurs, while appearing reptilian, were warm blooded animals.
Like i said, not that it is true...just that it could be possible. People see something, i am just trying to find an explanation.
I don't object to the idea at all, and your understanding of dinosaurs is clearly far superior to mine, which I have already admitted is limited.
Clearly some flying dinosaurs survived to evolve into birds, and it seems to me that you have just explained beautifully, how those antecedents may
have combated the several months of total darkness....and obviously, if they had already adapted to eating insects* they would have had an
advantage...and assuming they had improved night vision due to nocturnal habits, this would also be in their favour...possible...those who survived
the immediate effects of the impact, and could adapt to the situation short term, in that their diet wasn't overly specialised, only had to subsist
through about 7 months while the dust cleared and sunlight was able to penetrate, which rapidly stimulated precipitation...so within twelve months,
plant life would have begun to regenerate. That some survived is not really in question, but surviving is not the same as subsequently arresting
principles of evolution. Time would have to literally stand still, or forget the dinosaurs for them to remain in an evolutionary stasis that would
allow them to have then walked alongside hominids.
ETA Fish too. Or sea creatures rather, would have remained available to some extent and quickly re-emerged, as would amphibians, following the
return of the Sun. I can see how more winged dinosaurs than land-locked ones would have made it through...
edit on 11-6-2011 by Pythein
because: (no reason given)