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Archaeopteryx 'flew' like a pheasant
Topic Started: Mar 13 2018, 07:58 PM (10 Views)
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The famous winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx was capable of flying, according to a new study.

An international research team used powerful X-ray beams to peer inside its bones, showing they were almost hollow, as in modern birds.

The creature flew like a pheasant, using short bursts of active flight, say scientists.

Archaeopteryx has been a source of fascination since the first fossils were found in the 1860s.

Treading the line between birds and dinosaurs, the animal was a similar size to a magpie, with feathered wings, sharp teeth and a long bony tail.

Makes sense really. I wouldn't have expected its ancestors to go straight from flightless to full-on flying in one go: it seems logical that there should be a transitional phase where the earliest birds (or bird-like creatures) could only sort-of fly!
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