Data from: Flight reconstruction of two European enantiornithines (Aves, Pygostylia) and the achievement of bounding flight in Early Cretaceous birds

Francisco J. Serrano, Luis M. Chiappe, Paul Palmqvist, Borja Figueirido, Jesús Marugán-Lobón & José L. Sanz
Birds today follow different aerial strategies to deal with the high costs of flapping flight. Intermittent flight, through either flap-gliding or bounding, is commonly used among small birds as a strategy to optimize aerial efficiency. The broad morphological disparity of the different lineages of Mesozoic birds suggests that a range of aerial strategies could have evolved early in avian evolution. Based on biomechanics and aerodynamic theory, this study reconstructs the flying properties of two small...
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