Prehistoric Bird Had Wings Like Nunchucks
"A lot of birds have weaponry. They just don't have anything like this."
Dubbed Xenicibis, the prehistoric bird wielded its unusual wings like nunchucks, or nunchakus, swinging its upper arms so that thick, curved hand bones hinged at the wrist would deliver punishing blows.
The weapon-like wings are so unique that study co-author Nicholas Longrich of Yale University at first assumed the odd limbs were evidence of a deformity.
"There are a lot of birds that do have weaponry," Longrich said. "They just don't have anything like this."
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Wings are among the most powerful parts of birds, and some modern species boast specialized wing weapons. Screamer birds, for instance, use daggerlike spurs to fight