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Feathered fossil shines light on dinosaur flight




Changyuraptor with (right) details of plumage. Photo by Luis Chiappe, Dinosaur Institute, NHM.
Changyuraptor with (right) details of plumage. Photo by Luis Chiappe, Dinosaur Institute, NHM.

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A new discovery was announced today that sounds like something straight out of science fiction: A four-winged dinosaur.

A paper published today in Nature Communications describes a fossil of a 125 million-year-old flying dinosaur. Its discovery provides new insight into dinosaur flight. The fossil was discovered by local people in a forested area of northeastern China and an international team led by a local paleontologist stepped in to study it.

That paleontologist is Dr. Luis Chiappe of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He joins Take Two to talk about the discovery.