[VIDEO] 翼恐龙: Strange Chinese Dinosaur With Bat-Like Wings Discovered

Eva Dou reports: The scientific world is aflutter over the discovery in China of a bizarre dinosaur with bat-like wings.

“The scientists dubbed the little dino Yi Qi, which means “strange wing” in Chinese. It had a long rod-like bone connected to each wrist that is similar to the structures of flying squirrels and bats. “

Although other dinosaurs have been discovered with bird-like feathered flappers, this is the first known example of one with membranous wings. It suggests that the ancient creatures tried to fly in different ways before birds arrived on the scene, said the scientists who made the discovery in a paper published in the leading scientific journal Nature on Wednesday.

The scientists dubbed the little dino Yi Qi, which means “strange wing” in Chinese. It had a long rod-like bone connected to each wrist that is similar to the structures of flying squirrels and bats. Yi Qi likely weighed around 380 grams, or slightly less than a pigeon, the paper said.

This handout image released by the review Nature on April 29, 2015, shows the only known specimen of a newly discovered dinosaur, the Yi qi, found in Jurassic rocks in northeast China. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

This handout image released by the review Nature shows the only known specimen of a newly discovered dinosaur, the Yi qi, found in Jurassic rocks in northeast China. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

“Yi may have been capable of flapping flight or only gliding, or may have combined the two locomotor styles as in many extant birds and some bats,” said the paper, which was written by a team of Chinese scientists led by paleontologist Xu Xing, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The authors said Yi Qi may have glided more than flapped, as its wings show few signs of expanded muscles, but that there is not enough evidence to say conclusively how the creature used its wings….(read more)

China Real Time Report – WSJ

– Eva Dou. Follow her on Twitter @EvaDou



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