Four-winged dinosaur

Hind wings helped a small dino make tight turns in midair

By Stephen Ornes, 14:01 PM November 12, 2012




For some animals, two wings just won’t do — as was the case for a four-winged dinosaur that lived 130 million years ago. Fossils of the creature were unearthed in China about 10 years ago. Since then, scientists have puzzled over how this dino used its two bonus wings. Now researchers report a likely answer.


In a new study, scientists Justin Hall and Michael Habib and their collaborators suggest the dino tucked its hind wings under its body most of the time. It brought the extra wings out ...

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