Adorable Jurassic Dinosaur May Have Flown With Bat-Like Wings

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During the Jurassic period, various dinosaurs experimented with different forms of powered flight. The discovery of a new dinosaur species in China suggests some of these pioneering flyers evolved webbed fingers and an elongated forelimb, allowing them to fly in a distinctly bat-like fashion.

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Artist’s impression of Ambopteryx longibrachium. Illustration: Chung-Tat Cheung

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The fossil of Ambopteryx longibrachium (left), reconstruction of membranous wing (top right), and microscopic images showing melanosomes of the membranous wing (bottom right). Image: Min Wang, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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