Microraptor's World

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Four-winged dinosaur

Four-winged dinosaur
Like other great discoveries in Liaoning over the past two decades, Microraptor has transformed scientific understanding and pop-culture imagery of what dinosaurs of the Early Cretaceous looked like. Whereas we once might have envisioned smooth-skinned reptiles plodding along the ground, we now can imagine sprightly, feathered creatures gliding from tree to tree. Microraptor's ability to glide, and its exact flying form, are still debated, but the notion of a flying feathered dinosaur isn't as outlandish as it may have seemed a few decades ago.

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