This blog posting from Greg Laden blew my mind. I’d never heard of or imagined four-winged birds. Laden’s blog unearthed a long-suppressed cartoon theme song, “.” After all, wouldn’t a bird with four wings be “super?”
The trouble with a great blog post is that it creates a need to know more. Who knew an early “bird” flew like a biplane? Turns out that Ed Yong did. He crafted a consumable version of a paper published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, including an idealized picture of the four-winger for our friends at National Geographic.
By the way, I’m excited to have discovered Greg Laden, evolutionary biologist. After all, anyone who’s seen a bird eat a monkey in the wild is cool in my book. And I’ll be following Ed Yong’s writing too.
What evolutionary pathways make your wings quiver? Discuss.