Some Ground-Dwelling Dinos Had the Brains to Fly

9:25 minutes

Reporting in Nature, researchers write that even non-flying relatives of Archaeopteryx had brains with the motor and visual capabilities necessary to take wing. Paleontologist Amy Balanoff reconstructed the dino brains by taking CT scans of fossilized skulls.

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Amy Balanoff

Amy Balanoff is a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.