First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs

Scientists have identified two new species of ancient gliding mammals that lived about 160 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The very well-preserved fossils provide important clues about how diverse prehistoric mammals were. The gliding critters, which resembled today’s flying squirrels, had taken to the sky to possibly escape predatory dinos on the ground. The new species, described in two papers published today in Nature, belong to an extinct branch of mammals. They’re not the first mammalian gliders known to have lived alongside dinosaurs, but they’re incredibly well preserved, featuring peculiar body characteristics. One species, called Maiopatagium furculiferum, had fossilized a wing membrane and fused wishbones... Continue reading…

First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs

Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, are discovered in China.

Thu 10 Aug 17 from BBC News

Oldest Gliding Mammals Shed Light on the History of Flight

The oldest gliding mammals ever discovered are strengthening the case for taking to the skies. Well, they couldn't exactly soar like the eagles, but the two new species, discovered in China, ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Discover Magazine

Jurassic's earliest gliding mammals undermine dinosaurs’ reign

Two exquisitely preserved fossils, dated to 160 million years ago, indicate dinosaurs did not dominate the Mesozoic Era as believed.

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Researchers discover first winged mammals from the Jurassic period

Two 160 million-year-old mammal fossils discovered in China show that the forerunners of mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees. With long limbs, long hand and foot ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Phys.org

These adorable gliding mammals lived alongside dinosaurs, fossils reveal

Scientists have identified two new species of ancient gliding mammals that lived about 160 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The very well-preserved fossils provide ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from The Verge

Photos: These Mammal Ancestors Glided from Jurassic Trees

Long before there were flying squirrels, ancient mammal-like animals glided from tree to tree.

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Livescience

First 'Winged' Mammal Lived Alongside Dinosaurs 160 Million Years Ago

During the dinosaur age, two types of furry, long-limbed and long-fingered creatures flew through the air, using their squirrel-like skin to glide from tree to tree, according to two new studies.

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Livescience

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a prehistoric gliding mammal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Reuters Science

Rare Fossils Reveal New Species of Ancient Gliding Mammals

Wed 9 Aug 17 from National Geographic

Mammal ancestors found secret of gliding 160m years ago

Fossils of two ancient animals that flew like flying squirrels have been discovered in the Tiaojishan Formation northeast of Beijing, China.

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Daily Mail

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