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an early “basal” bird and a transitional species|
between dinosaurs and birds, like other birds and even some genuinely
feathered creaturessuch as the four-winged Microraptor, have
proportionally longer forelimbs and shorterhindlimbs
than their supposed dinosaur ancestors. The researchers found
no trend among dinosaurs to account for this apparent
abrupt change in body proportions.
Image: H. Raab through www.sciencedaily.com