greygirlbeast (greygirlbeast) wrote,

It's all deranged - no control...

Just something quick, and then I must get back to the story. An article in Nature describes a very early gliding mammal, Volaticotherium antiquus ("early flying beast"), a multituberculate mammal from the Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous boundary (140-120 mya) of Inner Mongolia, China. It's a marvelous little beastie, the earliest gliding mammal yet discovered. But there are some pretty inaccurate reports out there, claiming the find predates the evolution of birds (which is almost certainly does not) and the appearance of pterosaurs in the fossil record (it doesn't even come close). So, download the PDF from Nature if you really want to know what up with Volaticotherium
Tags: flying mammals, paleo

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