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Title    Flying Squirrel-Like Mammals Lived 160 Million Years Ago
Date    Saturday August 12 2017, @12:18PM
Author    Fnord666
from the hey-rocky dept.

takyon writes:

Mammals were gliding from tree to tree during the late Jurassic period, according to University of Chicago and Beijing Museum of Natural History scientists:

Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, have been discovered in China. They reveal that mammal ancestors evolved to glide between trees in a similar way to some mammals today. This adds to evidence that mammals were more diverse during the age of dinosaurs than previously realised. The work is published by an international team of scientists in this week's Nature [DOI: 10.1038/nature23476] [DX].

The two new fossil species exhibit highly specialised characteristics, including adaptations that allowed them to climb trees, roost on branches and glide.

Also at the University of Chicago and NYT.

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