First Birds Were Poor fliers

May 17th, 2010 - 9:29 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

May 17, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Investigators have come about with the fact that the earliest birds were poor fliers. They did not have feathers tough enough to take to the air by flapping their wings and were gliders at best.

A report demonstrated by Robert Nudds of the University of Manchester and Gareth Dyke of University College Dublin has articulated that, even if early birds had solid feather shaft, they would hardly have been well-built enough to permit gliding.

Birds like Archaeopteryx resided in the late Jurassic period approximately 140 million years ago. Birds such as Confuciusornis in the early Cretaceous breathed around 100 million years ago. They had feathers that were much skinnier and feebler matched with contemporary birds, which have a sturdy central shaft that is hollow to decrease weight.

Paleontologists have usually judged that the earliest birds grew from feathered dinosaurs. There is even a hypothesis that mentions that they evolved from tiny dinosaurs, which breathed in trees. These feathered dinosaurs utilized their feathers to manage their dive like a parachute and went on to flap it and accomplish flying.

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