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Early Bird Used Four Wings to Fly

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#1    Roj47


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Posted 29 September 2006 - 01:17 PM

The earliest known bird had flight feathers on its legs that allowed it to use its hindlimbs as an extra pair of wings, a new study finds.

The finding, detailed in the current issue of the journal Paleobiology, supports the theory that early birds learned to glide and parachute from trees before achieving full-fledged flight.

"This paper puts forward some of the strongest evidence yet that birds descended from arboreal parachuters and gliders, similar to flying squirrels," said study author Nick Longrich, a doctoral student a the University of Calgary in Canada.


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Posted 30 September 2006 - 05:05 AM

Never thought about birds slowly evolving. This is really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:38 PM

i made a thread about this a ways back heres the link


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