Dinosaur Wind Tunnel Test Provides New Insight Into the Evolution of Bird Flight

18th September, 2013

Analysis using an anatomically correct microraptor model in a wind tunnel has given new insight into the early stages of the development of flight in feathered dinosaurs.

The morphology of the species suggests that forelimb-dominated bird flight passed through a four-wing  phase,  the configuration of which gives the greatest stability and the longest flight length whilst gliding.

Science Daily: Dinosaur Wind Tunnel Test Provides New Insight Into the Evolution of Bird Flight.