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Palaeontology

Dinosaurs take to the air

A Correction to this article was published on 06 February 2003

Flying birds evolved from a group of bipedal dinosaurs. The latest fossil discoveries from China indicate that the dinosaurian ancestors of birds had four wings — and that these animals glided rather than flapped.

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Figure 1: The origin of birds within the theropod dinosaurs.

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Prum, R. Dinosaurs take to the air. Nature 421, 323–324 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/421323a

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