As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

New feathered predatory fossil sheds light on dinosaur flight

Date:
July 15, 2014

Source:
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Artist's impression of the four-winged dinosaur Changyuraptor yangi
Illustration: Stephanie Abramowicz/Dinosaur Institute, NHM
Summary:
A new raptorial dinosaur fossil with exceptionally long feathers has provided exciting insights into dinosaur flight. A new article asserts that the fossil has a long feathered tail that scientists believe was instrumental for decreasing descent speed and assuring safe landings.


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