SOURCE: Based on “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”, Nature Communications, 15 July 2014, as used in the post “A: Prehistory’s largest micro-raptor. (Four wings!).”
ABSTRACT: It had four wings, man. One of my favorite proverbs, and a great reminder of the power of humility, is a Sufi saying: “Tie two birds together. They have four wings, yet they still cannot fly.” OK.
But this microraptorine did. It wanted more, and it got it.
Of course, it still went extinct. What a strange evolutionary road. For a while, it was king of the woods, though.
This was written rather quickly – I spent most of the month fiddling around with surf rock for something unrelated. But it came together pretty well. Oddly, for something that was mostly done overnight, it has a live guitar and live keyboards – that’s Mr. Goodstein’s vintage air-driven organ making that accordion sound in the final chorus. The rest is SoundFonts of a Pearl Masters drum kit and a nyckelharpa, which has a great sound. Should use that one more often.