Did first flying dinosaurs glide like bi-planes?
Microraptor gui from China compared with the Wright 1903 Flyer (Image: Jeff Martz)
“A fresh analysis of an early feathered fossil dinosaur suggests that it dropped its hind legs below its body, adopting a bi-plane-like form. This contrasts with earlier reconstructions showing the dinosaur maintaining its wings in a tandem pattern, a bit like a dragonfly.”
Microraptor gui, as preserved, with an enlarged view of the leg feathers, inset (Image: Sankar Chatterjee)