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Flying Dinos and Baby Birds Offer New Clues About How Avians Took Wing

Science  02 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6107, pp. 591-592
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6107.591

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Most scientists agree that birds are living dinosaurs, survivors of the mass extinction that did in all other dinos at the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago. But birds are also the result of a remarkable series of evolutionary events that transformed dinosaurs from mighty masters of the land into light and feathery lords of the skies. At a meeting of vertebrate paleontologists last month, researchers pondered fresh clues about the origins of flight from studies of feathered dinosaurs and baby birds.