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Researchers Unlock Fundamental Secret of Bird Flight

January 20, 2008

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To human eyes, bird flight seems a complex, almost mystical, aerial dance. However, it may not be as complicated as it looks. High-speed cameras at the University of Montana Flight Laboratory reveal all birds use a similar wing angle relative to the ground to gain altitude, glide, descend or run up steep surfaces. Discovery of this fundamental wing stroke may help explain how birds evolved to take to the skies. Full Story

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