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Science Advances: Avian long-jump

Congrats to Diana Chin for publishing her first research paper in Science Advances showing how parrotlets minimize energy by adjusting their jump angle to make economic foraging flights in trees. Features in an AAAS video as well as news stories in New ScientistScientific American, and Popular Science explain how her new long-jump model predicts that bird antecedents, such as Archaeopteryx, could have used partial wingbeats to significantly extend their long-jumps and hone their foraging flight skills. The model was developed based off of high speed kinematic recordings and novel direct, in vivo force measurements with our new aerodynamic force platform.