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Ancient Glider: Dinosaur took to the air in biplane style

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1:22pm, January 24, 2007

Looks like Mother Nature beat the Wright Brothers to the punch. About 125 million years before the two airmen lifted off at Kitty Hawk in their biplane, a 1-meter-long dinosaur was swooping from tree to tree with the same arrangement of wings, a new study suggests.

Four years ago, paleontologists described a species of feathered dinosaur from China that they named Microraptor gui (SN: 1/25/03, p. 51: Wings Aplenty: Dinosaur species had feathered hind limbs). A series of long feathers on the creature's legs and feet led those scientists to speculate that the dinosaur splay

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