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US NewsNewly discovered flying dinosaur evolved bat-like wings to climb trees

02:45  10 may  2019
02:45  10 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A newly discovered flying dinosaur with wings like a bat is among the earliest which is believed to have evolved to specialise in life among trees . Ambopteryx belonged to a family on dinosaurs known as scansoriopterygidae, meaning " climbing wings " which are among the earliest fossils

Ambopteryx longibrachium, a newly discovered species of scansoriopterygid dinosaur with bat - like wings , found in Liaoning Province Imagine an animal that looks like a dinosaur , and you probably will not imagine a bat. Birds evolved from dinosaurs , and so the two groups share many features.

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A newly discovered flying dinosaur with wings like a bat is among the earliest which is believed to have evolved to specialise in life among trees.

The discovery of the fossil in northeastern China has challenged the idea that feathered wings were necessary among dinosaurs capable of gliding flight.

Newly discovered flying dinosaur evolved bat-like wings to climb trees © Reuters An artist's impression of what the dinosaur looked like

It has provided palaeontologists with direct evidence about how dinosaurs evolved into birds, including the unsuccessful routes that evolution took.

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Paleontologists describe this newly discovered species of scansoriopterygid dinosaur in Nature as a 200-gram, bat - like creature who lived These sort of wings have been seen before in non- dinosaur flying vertebrates, like bats and pterosaurs, who evolved the ability to fly independently from birds.

Bat - Like Wings Ideal For Gliding. Of course, scientists are most eager to study the membranous wings of the Including the newly discovered Ambopteryx, there have only been four species discovered to It's not a type of wing that likely let these animals fly for very far or very long, The Atlantic notes.

The fossil dates back 163 million years to the Jurassic era and has been featured on the cover of the journal Nature, one of the most famous scientific publications in the world.

Newly discovered flying dinosaur evolved bat-like wings to climb trees © Reuters The fossil dates back 163 million years ago

The new species has been named Ambopteryx longibrachium and scientists believe it measured 32 centimetres (12in) in length and weighed just over 300g (10oz).

Scientists behind the discovery said its membrane wings were supported by a rod-like bone, making them "bat-like" in their appearance.

Newly discovered flying dinosaur evolved bat-like wings to climb trees © Other The dinosaur features on the front page of Nature

Ambopteryx belonged to a family of dinosaurs known as scansoriopterygidae, meaning "climbing wings" which are among the earliest fossils discovered of non-avian dinosaurs that were clearly adapted for living in trees.

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One newly discovered dinosaur species fits well into this story. Unearthed in 160 million year old sediments in China, this queer dinosaur strangely had bat - like wings . It's uncertain however if it was able to fly or even glide, owing to the degraded state of the fossil records. One thing's for sure, it

A DINOSAUR fossil with wings like a bat has been discovered in china. The specimen is around 163 million years old and provides further evidence that dinosaurs related to birds had lots of different wing structures. The newly discovered dinosaur is called Yi qi and probably only weighed 200 grams.

Dr Wang Min, the author of the study, and a leading palaeontologist at Chinese Academy of Sciences said the new finding was different from what he had previously seen.

Newly discovered flying dinosaur evolved bat-like wings to climb trees © Reuters Dr Wang Min authored the study published in Nature

Dr Min said: "We found a long rod-like bone in its forelimb which is not grown in other dinosaurs. So it shows feathered wings is not the only way to fly as we previously supposed."

Some fossils of juvenile scansoriopterygid species do present with simple feathers on their wings.

Newly discovered flying dinosaur evolved bat-like wings to climb trees © Reuters It is one of the few fossils of an adult gliding dinosaur

However, scientists suspect they were actually used to glide, and would not have been capable of truly powered flight the way that birds are.

Gallery: New species of bat-wing dinosaur discovered (National Geographic)

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