Recently, paleontologists have uncovered a small dinosaur with wings. The size of the creatures is slightly larger than pigeon
The dinosaur, dubbed as Yi qi means “strange wing”, lived nearly 160 million years ago. YI qi is the shortest name ever given to any dinosaur. Even though, its features are pretty similar to bats, it was not related to them. It belonged to Scansoriopterygids from Jurassic era.
Xu Xing, a researcher from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, along with his colleague unearthed Yi qi from China. Initially, they were completely baffled because of unique bones and wrist of the dinosaur. Yi qi had long fingers through which they used to climb trees.
Corwin Sullivan, a Canadian paleontologist at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropolgy, was the first one to figure out the creature. He carefully studied scientific literature over flying animals.
Further analysis sheds light on its strange tissues of wings. Generally, the wings of dinosaurs are made of feathers. However, the newly found animal had wings of membranous tissue.
Xu Xing, a researcher from described the fossil in detail. He states that the discovery demonstrates how much experimentation took place. It seems as if numerous lineages tried to evolve but in vain.
The study appears in the latest edition of Journal Nature.