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Comments on Archaeopteryx-Anchiornis paper



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A short paper in Current Biology accompanying the recent paper on the
wing feather arrangements in Archaeopteryx and Anchiornis:

Xing Xu (2012)
Evolution: Taking Wing with Weak Feathers.
Current Biology 22(23): R992–R994
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.015
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982212012006

Scientists long thought they knew what the wings of early birds looked
like. But new reconstructions of Archaeopteryx and its kin suggest
quite different feather arrangements on their wings with profound
implications for the evolution of flight.