Ming Wang, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
The birds evolved from the dinosaurs, and in the midst of this evolution there were a series of bonds between the two. Now scientists have found another: an unusual dinosaur showing the species of wings related to bats. They call it Ambyopeptide dolbibrachium, which means "pteryx-like with an elongated forehead."
Amboperis was discovered in a Skopje stone of 163 million years ago in a Chinese northeastern province of Liaoning by a farmer in 2017. Liaoning, near the North Korean border, is a key location for understanding the link between dinosaurs and birds, as was also the first known feathered dinosaurs, Sinosauropteryx prima, were once found. When Ming Wang, a spin paleontologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, first saw the fossil: "I thought it was a bird," he says New York Times.
The fossil was exceptionally well preserved. Not only were the bones in excellent condition, but also the stone and soft tissue, which included wing membranes, fingers of fingers, stones with carbonated stones, and even the content of the last meal in the stomach.
Ambropeix, who was about the size of a blue Jay, maybe they existed at the same time as well S. receives, who live during the middle Late Jurassic and Early Chalk (S. receives lived during the early chalk). He could fly thanks to the membranous wings made of leather, fastened to a weak, strengthened joint bone. That hand bone, very different from the bird's wing, is a science of it Amboperis is a dinosaur.
Membrane wings, which have veins that provide strength and amplification during the flight, were considered extremely rare in dinosaurs. Amboperis is only the second dinosaur ever discovered with them. The first one? Yi qi, found just 50 miles from Amboperis. Wang believes that soon there may be more company.
"For a long time we thought that the feathered wings were the only flying machine" in the evolution of birds, Wang told Reuters.
"However," he continues, "these new discoveries clearly show that membrane wings have also developed in some bird-related dinosaurs. Together, the breadth and richness of experiments involving the flight is greater than previously thought the time of the transition to dinosaur birds. And we can only see the tip of the iceberg. "