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The famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx may not have been a champion aviator but was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, according to a study.

Scientists said on Tuesday they had examined Archaeopteryx’s wing architecture using state-of-the-art scanning and compared it to a range of birds, closely related dinosaurs and the extinct flying reptiles called pterosaurs. They concluded it could fly in bursts over relatively short distances like pheasants, peacocks and roadrunners.

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