Photo Album: Microraptor gui

A close relative of Microraptor zhaoianus, M. gui is an early Cretaceous dinosaur, living concurrent with Archaeopteryx. Complete specimens of Microraptor have been found, confirming that it was a feathered dinosaur – with flight-type feathers found on all four limbs. Analysis of the four wings indicate that it was most likely a glider, suggesting that it may have launched itself from tree to tree. It may have been capable of powered flight, but does not have enough movement in the shoulder joint to enable it to lift off from the ground.


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