Feathered dinosaurs leapt from trees
By T.K. Randall
January 26, 2010 · 3 comments
Image Credit: Nobu Tamura
New evidence suggests that early feathered dinosaurs would have taken to flight from trees rather than from the ground.
The study in to a species of early feathered dinosaur called Micropraptor gui seemed to suggest that walking would have been almost impossible for the creature and that its habitat would most likely have been trees.
Whether birds first evolved flight as ground dwellers or took to the skies from trees has been a longstanding debate. A new study of an ancient four-legged creature called Microraptor gui, poised on the boundary between dinosaurs and birds, suggests that the arboreal, or tree-living, idea may be correct.
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