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Microraptor gui

Microraptor was, as its name suggests, a genus of itty bitty raptors with wings. They lived 128 to 124 million years ago, and were around 2-3 feet from the nose to the tip of the tail. If they weren't an actual precursor of modern birds, they were closely related to those species who evolved into them.

Nothing new, right?

But instead of settling for two wings, like most raptors probably did, and like birds do, microraptor was all, "But what do I do with these other legs?"



Both its front and back limbs were wings, and its long tail was also feathered.

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And it didn't lay them against one another the way dragonflies do. Instead, it glided more like a biplane:

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Suck it, birds.
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