Researchers of microraptor shed light on ancient origin of bird flight

Contrary to the claims of most paleontologists, researchers from University of Kansas and Northeastern University in China say that bird flight evolved up in the trees, and  flight tests of a model of the four-winged gliding raptor called microraptor lend credence to their theory. "The controversy was that these animals couldn't spread their hind-wings to glide," said Burnham. "But we've been able to articulate the bones in their hip socket to show that they could fly." The new flight model created by Martin and Burnham comes directly from a skeleton composed of casts of the original bones of a microraptor and the preserved impressions of feathers from specimens in Chinese museums. read more

Researchers of microraptor shed light on ancient origin of bird flight

A joint team from the University of Kansas and Northeastern University in China says that it has settled the long-standing question of how bird flight began.

Mon 25 Jan 10 from Phys.org

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Fri 29 Jan 10 from L.A. Times

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Tue 26 Jan 10 from FOXNews

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Mon 25 Jan 10 from Livescience

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Microraptor Flight Test Reveals Origins Of Bird Flight

Contrary to the claims of most paleontologists, researchers from University of Kansas and Northeastern University in China say that bird flight evolved up in the trees, and  flight tests ...

Mon 25 Jan 10 from Science 2.0

Flight tests show ancient birds could glide

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the earliest feathered dinosaurs seems to have been a successful glider....

Mon 25 Jan 10 from AP

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Researchers in the United States and China say that they have settled the long-standing question of how bird flight began.

Tue 26 Jan 10 from ScienceDaily

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