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Earliest birds didn't make a flap

Archaeopteryx, Confuciusornis plumage probably not strong enough to support sustained flight

3:20pm, May 13, 2010

The wings were willing, but the feathers were weak. Delicate, thin-shafted plumage would have made flapping difficult if not impossible for two prehistoric birds, a new analysis of fossil feathers suggests.

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