Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Dr. David Martill on MonsterTalk
Caulkicephalus, which, like all of its pterosaurian brethren, has been extinct for millions and millions and millions of years. By Mark Witton, via Flickr.
I've been working on a post dealing with cryptozoology for the last couple months (thankfully, it's almost done). Poking around for bits of good information on-line, I found a 2009 episode of the podcast MonsterTalk I had not heard. It features Dr. David Martill of the University of Portsmouth, who discusses what science has to say about pterosaurs and the ropen, a supposed bioluminescent pterosaur from New Guinea. Besides poking holes in the feeble hypothesis that there is a population of living pterosaurs there, or anywhere else for that matter, Martill provides a nice summary of what paleontologists know about the pterosaurs. Check it out here.