Dinosaurs are cool. Wind tunnels are cool. Put the two together, and you get an experiment that is immensely cool. Researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK placed a full-scale, anatomically accurate model of a Microraptor into a wind tunnel to learn more about how bird flight evolved.
The Microraptor was a five-winged beastie from the early Cretaceous 120 to 125 million years ago. That's three more wings than we're used to seeing in birds today. It hit that total by having feathers on its arms, legs, and tail. This anatomy has led to debate among scientists about how flight worked for these dinosaurs.… Read more