Scientists have discovered fossils from a 163-million-year old flying dinosaur in China.
In a new study, paleontologists say the creature had leathery wings like a bat, rather than feathery wings like a bird. It flew in a similar way to modern-day flying squirrels.
This new fossil, in combination with previous discoveries of similar dinosaurs, shows that flying dinos existed hundreds of millions of years ago.
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More than 160 million years ago, the Jurassic skies were replete with winged creatures.
Some of these fliers may have sported feathers (as did some of their compatriots on the ground, like baby T. rexes). But a new discovery suggests that at least one flying dinosaur boasted leather over feather, swooping through the air over modern-day China with wings akin to a bat’s.
In a recent study published in the journal Nature, scientists describe the discovery of a 163-million-year-old flying dinosaur that was about the size of an urban pigeon.
“This fossil seals the deal — there really were bat-winged dinosaurs,” Stephen Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh who was not involved with the study, told Science magazine.
Jingmai O’Connor, a co-author of the new study, …read more
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