Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Feathers to Stay on Top?

A couple months ago I lamented that so much of what I learned as a child about dinosaurs was incorrect.

A new theory suggests that smaller, feathered dinosaurs developed wings to help them stay on top of prey about their size when grabbing it with raptor-like claws.  Much safer grappling from on top where your prey's teeth and claws cannot reach!

The theory itself is too new to deserve much comment, but the article is a great example of how dinosaur knowledge has changed since my childhood, when the Archaeopteryx was the only feathered dinosaur talked about.

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