Data from: The wings before the bird: an evaluation of flapping-based locomotory hypotheses in bird antecedents

T. Alexander Dececchi, Hans C.E. Larsson & Michael B. Habib
Background. Powered flight is implicated as a major driver for the success of birds. Here we examine the effectiveness of three hypothesized pathways for the evolution of the flight stroke, the forelimb motion that powers aerial locomotion, in a terrestrial setting across a range of stem and basal avians: flap running, Wing Assisted Incline Running (WAIR), and wing-assisted leaping. Methods. Using biomechanical mathematical models based on known aerodynamic principals and in vivo experiments and ground...
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