Dinosaurs with Bat like Wings discovered – Could have been the first experiment in flyingChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Apr 30, 2015 22:22 IST
A new species of Dinosaurs has been discovered by scientists in China. This species have wings like the ones we find on bats and this throws light on how dinosaurs could have evolved into flying birds. The fossil specimen that scientists discovered in the Hebei province of China a decade ago estimates that dinosaur existed only for a short time some 160 million years back in the Jurassic period, according to a paper published on Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature.
This flying creature was 63 centimeters long and weighed some 230 grams.
Named strange Wing or Yi gi in Chinese, the scientists said it was one among the earliest dinosaurs to exhibit some capacity to fly although it was not very successful. The wings were made up of membranes like in a bat and opposed to other dinosaurs which had bird like appearance and were not composed of feathers. It tried to become birds that we see in modern times, but failed.
The scientists further added that it was an experiment that failed and was the dead end in a process of evolution. In the last 30 years, several discoveries have been made demonstrating that birds really are the descendants of dinosaurs. It is also a great example that shows the evolution of dinosaurs into birds, the scientists commented.
Though they had wings, it was not clear whether these dinosaurs could flap them and it is more likely that they moved through the air by gliding.
The fossil is presently kept at a museum in the Shandong Province and the scientists would now be focusing on finding more fossils of identical species to better comprehend, for instance, its capability to fly.
China s robust economy is helping it to become a major center for discovery of dinosaur and research. With more funding available for paleontological expeditions, the scientists added that presently there are more expeditions in China compared to some 3 decades ago and that could lead to finding more fossils. Widespread construction work is another factor that helps in exposing more fossils and rocks, the scientists added.
Dinosaurs with Bat like Wings discovered – Could have been the first experiment in flying