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Feathered dinosaurs leapt from trees

By T.K. Randall
January 26, 2010 · Comment icon 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.


Source: MSNBC | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Abramelin 13 years ago
Thanks B??? You would think so, looking at how the animal looked:
Comment icon #2 Posted by brlesq1 13 years ago
Ditto, Abram. The tail looks like a rudder.
Comment icon #3 Posted by SameerPrehistorica 13 years ago
Very interesting... As they somewhat look like birds and their size, they would have spent their time in trees and may be also in the ground.


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