Featured - Researchers of microraptor shed light on ancient origin of bird flight (page 2)

The scientists argue that flight originated above, in the trees; such animals would have been glidersA 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.In the Jan. 25 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the KU-China researchers push their research into the origins of bird flight and the early evolution of birds with decisive flight tests of a model of the four-winged gliding raptor, called microraptor.The team is led by David Alexander, KU assistant professor of biology and an expert on modern animal flight. Alexander is joined by KU colleagues Larry Martin, David Burnham and Amanda Falk, along with Enpu Gong from Northeastern University in China, who are engaged in a comprehensive study of the functional morphology and ecology of early birds from China."We've done the scientific work and flight tests to show that microraptor was a very successful glider," said Burnham. &qu

Featured - 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. Source: University of Kansas ...

Mon 25 Jan 10 from Labspaces.net

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Research Sheds Light On Ancient Origin Of Bird Flight

The scientists argue that flight originated above, in the trees; such animals would have been glidersA joint team from the University of Kansas and Northeastern University in China says that ...

Mon 25 Jan 10 from RedOrbit

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