Recent Study: How Did Dinosaurs Evolve Flight?

The title you have just read is a question that was posted many times in the history of analyzing dinosaurs and their behaviors. Although by now we may be already familiar with the images of (some) dinos flying, things weren’t always like that. But let’s see more about these fantastic creatures.

A Revealing Study

Jing-Shan Zhao, who works at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, led a team in a fascinating experiment. They relied on a robot, some impressive math, as well as a juvenile ostrich. What they wanted to demonstrate is the fact that some dinosaurs that had feathers already flapped their small proto-wings before actually starting to fly.

Although it may not seem like much, this flapping motion that took place when they ran might have “educated” some dinosaurs to spread their wings and fly. Of course, this development only took place after their wings were large enough to support their weight up in the air.

More Questions to Be Answered

However, even though they managed to find out this piece of information, there are still others that need to be figured out. Ever since they discovered the Archaeopteryx, which is a winged dinosaur living in the Jurassic age, scientists have been wondering what the origin of this type of flight was. For example, we still don’t know which dinosaurs were the ancestors of the avian fliers. Was the gliding or flapping flight first? What physical characteristic enabled flight in the early such birds?

The study we presented above is even more interesting if you think about it from this point of view. It is actually a gateway to understanding more about the flapping movement of the so-called wings during the running activity. Although this is a very intriguing speculation, it is still insufficient to accept, since flight is a complex activity that presents lots of facets.

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