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Depressing?



Hi all, 

Seems like we still have a fair bit to do with these texts appearing 
in the media (in this case, Germany's largest newspaper):

Bild-Zeitung (Hamburg), May 7th, 1999. Original in German.

DINOS - THEY RAN SO QUICK, THAT THEY TOOK OFF
(Dinos - sie liefen so schnell, dass sie abhoben)

It must have been a real thundering, before the heavy beasts took off.
Dinosaurs could fly on their own accord, say the Californian 
scientists Luis Chiappe and Philippe Burgers.
The way in which the dinos learned to fly, was described by the 
scientists in the renowned journal "Nature". Their theory: the 
bipedal saurians 'started off' directly from a quick run.
Sofar, it was assumed that the [Urvoegel] jumped from a tree and thus 
acquired flight. 
However, having examined the fossil remains of the oldest bird 
(Archaeopteryx), both Californians concluded: the Archaeopteryx could 
run fast enough to take off. According to their calculations it ran 7 
km/h for six metres of flight. To gain lift, it is supposed to have 
flapped its wings like a swan. 
The dinos did not take of voluntarily. They flew to get away from 
their enemies.iLJA nIEUWLAND
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