Scientists at the University of Southampton explain the evolution of flight, with a month-long experiments of a life-sized Microraptor placed in a wind tunnel. Have a look at the video…
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The first dinosaur described with feathers lived around 140million years ago and had 5 lifting surfaces.
Gareth Dyke, a senior lecturer in vertebrate palaeontology at the University of Southampton and co-author of the study, said:
“Significant to the evolution of flight, we show that Microraptor did not require a sophisticated, ‘modern’ wing morphology to undertake effective glides, as the high-lift coefficient regime is less dependent upon detail of wing morphology.