Flying on Wings and Legs
An ancient bird had feathers on its legs that may have helped it fly.
By Julie Rehmeyer, 00:00 AM September 21, 2006
A bird with feathered legs that help it fly may sound strange, but a scientist says that the earliest known bird could have used its legs in just that way.
Archaeopteryx lived 150 million years ago and had teeth and claws like a dinosaur, but wings and feathers like a bird. Feathers also covered its back legs, and a new report argues that these feathered legs acted like small extra wings.
A fresh look at a fossilized Archaeopteryx has shown that this ancient bird had feathers on its legs that ...
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