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Microraptor

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Microraptor is a transitional form. It represents, along with other dromaeosaurids (a.k.a. "raptors"), a branch of evolution path from dinosaurs to birds. The 24 centimeter creature had feathers and was able to glide between trees, yet it also has a tail that is "clearly dinosaurian".[1] Bizarrely, microraptor has four wings, i.e. feathered legs, as opposed to bird's two.

The latest discovered genus related to Microraptor, Changyuraptor[2], has a feathered tail 30 cm long, consistent with gliding flight.

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