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For ancient birds, feathers were a huge drag

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Prehistoric birds were far less versatile at flying than their modern descendents, a new study of their feathers shows.

“We don’t think these things could take off from the ground,” says Nicholas R. Longrich, a postdoctoral fellow with Yale’s department of geology and geophysics. “They can’t fly like a modern bird.”

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Photo credit: Illustration by Carl Buell, courtesy Jakob Vinther/Bristol University

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