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Four winged dinosaurs point to new ideas on flight

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A surprising discovery of six dinosaur specimens in Laioning, China, shows evidence of feathery wings on both the fore and aft limbs of the animal, and reawakens the idea that birds might have come from dinosaurs gliding from tree to tree. The new discovery opens up a whole, unknown chapter in the development of flight, and may perhaps point to an intermediary stage between no-winged climbers and two-winged flappers.


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This dinosaur looks remarkably close to the Canard, a futuristic avian species developed for the TV series The Future is Wild (flash needed to view). Given that there have been fraudulent dinosaurs out of China before, I'd be a little hesitant at first before more tests took place to establish the veracity of the fossils.

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