In the forests of late Cretaceus China a Microraptor swoops down from a tree in chase of it's prey, a small Confuciusornis.
Microraptor was a relative of larger Velociraptor and a part of the Dromeosaur family that lived around 120 million years ago. Although lacking the necessary structure for powered flight, cat-sized Microraptor was most probably able to complete glides from one tree to another as it scoured the forest for small prey. It's been theorized that due to the extensive plumage on both the hind and forelimbs, Microraptor (and some of it's relatives) used all four limbs to create a gliding surface. Quite ironically, while the genus of Microraptor will eventually go extinct, the bird in this picture will thrive and continue to exist all the way to the modern world.
This render was made using Vue, Poser and Photoshop CS5