Making Pterosaurs Fly

2. Ernst Stromer 1913

Ernst Stromer was inspired by the Rhamphorhynchus wing membranes that were published in the 1880's.  With the wing membrane known in  its general proportions, it did not take long to develop a glider that would test the basic gliding capability of this species. Stromer produced a flying glider in 1913 which demonstrated that Rhamphorhynchus could glide easily with the known wing form.

Ernst Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach (1870 – 1952) was a renowned German Palaeontologist credited with the discovery of Spinosaurus and Aegyptosaurus. The title Freiherr is essentially a civil rank equating to Baron in English.

Stromer E., 1910, Bemerkungen zur Rekonstruktion eines Flugsaurier-skelettes. Monatsberichten der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft, Pp. 85-91.

Stromer E., 1913, Rekonstruktionen des Flugsauriers Rhamphorhynchus gemmingi H. V. M. NeuesJahrb. Min. Geol. Paleont., vol. 2, pp. 49-68, pls. 3-5.

1. The Background

2. Ernst Stromer 1913

3. Hankin and Watson 1914

4. Erich von Holst 1957

5. Bramwell and Whitfield 1974

6. Stephen Winkworth 1984

7. Paul MacCready 1985

8. Margot Gerritsen 2005

9. Matt Wilkinson 2007


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