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Recovered bones may belong to Amelia Earhart

Bones recovered from the island of Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati may belong to the pilot Amelia Earhart who disappeared in 1937. "Until we started investigating the skeleton, we found what history knew was that Amelia Earhart died in July 2nd, 1937, in a plane crash. But there is an

Our perception of flying reptlies is wrong

A new study has revealed that our common perception of how flying reptiles, such as pterosaurs, flew has been wrong all this time. The new research suggested that estimates of pterosaur wing size and shape have been wrong, and that, mechanically, the wings would have had to be crescent-shaped and angled

Extinct bird brains reconstructed

Using a CT scanner, researchers are reconstructing the brains of ancient birds in order to better understand the evolution of flight. Using skulls to measure the size of bird brains can help lead to a better understanding of the evolution of flight because bird skulls grow to a certain size before leaving the

Giraffe-size pterosaurs “pole-vaulted” into the air

A new study is claiming that a giraffe-sized pterosaur would perform a "pole-vaulting" action in order to take flight. Previous theories have asserted that giant pterosaurs could have been six metres tall with a wingspan of up to 12 metres but the researchers argue that five metres high with a

Giant pterosaurs could fly 10,000 miles nonstop

An analysis of giant pterosaurs show that they could fly as much as 10,000 miles in one stretch. The new flight distance estimate for pterosaurs is based on the latest models of the ancient animals' wingspans, wing shapes, body masses, and fat capacities. "The tricky part was deciding how

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