Nature Comm: Drag is not a drag for birds
Diana Chin’s research in Nature Communications shows how birds repurpose
drag to support weight during takeoff and lift to aid braking during landing.
The research illustrates how drag is not a drag for birds, they use it to their
benefit. This new insight shows avian precursors did not need to rely on high
lift to takeoff, instead they could have supplemented weight support by
generating high drag with their proto wings.