Dinosaur Island: feathered dinos, old-fashioned pteros

A new australian-geographic-video shows scenes featuring brightly feathered theropods (as opposed to those in Jurassic World) and blanket-winged pterosaurs (Fig. 1) without uropatagia. It just goes to show how awkward and un-aerodynamic such a morphology is, despite its promotion by Witton, Hone and others. It reminds me of whacky pre-aviators jumping off barns with makeshift wings.

Figure 1. GIF movie of pterosaur takeoff from Dinoland movie. Note the extremely loose wing membranes attached to the ankles. This is not supported by any evidence.

Figure 1. GIF movie of pterosaur takeoff from Dinosaur Island movie. Note the extremely loose wing membranes attached to the ankles. This is not supported by any evidence. Furthermore, this pterosaur lacks uropatagia.

Matt Drumond is the special effects director for Dinosaur Island, official trailer here. It’s a fun Australian kids movie (2014). Website here.

Storyline
“The adventure begins when 13-year-old Lucas embarks on the vacation of a lifetime. When disaster strikes, Lucas finds himself stranded in a strange land littered with ghost ships and prehistoric creatures. While searching for other signs of life, Lucas hears a radio broadcast in the distance and is drawn into the jungle, where he encounters a beautiful young girl who claims to have come from the 1950s. Together they set out on a quest to get home, all the while uncovering secrets that will forever change the future.”

Dinos with feathers,
brightly colored feathers, are featured in this movie. It’s a real eye-opener.

Unfortunately
the pterosaurs have big, wet blanket, deep chord, attached to the ankles wing membranes. So they are NOT up to date. And it shows (Fig. 1).

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