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Hopping parrotlets could teach robots how to fly

And help us learn about dinosaurs, too

We often use "as the crow flies" to describe the most direct line between two points. But flying isn’t always the most efficient way to get around. Just take a look at parrotlets.

Parrotlets are, rather self-explanatorily, small parrots. They’re easily trained, and when it comes to flying, they’re a more generalized group of species than, say, hummingbirds, which have evolved a peculiar

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