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This dinosaur’s ride may have been a glide

Newly discovered species may have taken to the skies with wings akin to those of pterosaurs and flying squirrels

1:00pm, April 29, 2015
Yi qi

UP IN THE AIR  A pigeon-sized dinosaur called Yi qi (illustrated) may have glided or flown using fleshy wings similar to those of bats or pterosaurs.

A dinosaur called Yi qi appears to have lifted a page from pterosaurs’ flight plan.

Protruding from each of the newly discovered dinosaur’s wrists was a weird rodlike bone that may have attached to a fleshy wing that helped the dinosaur glide or fly, researchers report April 29 in Nature.

 “We’ve never seen anything like this in a dinosaur before,” says paleontologist Sarah Werning of Stony Brook University in New York. “It’s almost like this dinosaur was pretending to be a pterosaur.”

Pterosaurs, flying reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs, had fleshy wings supported by a short bone called the pteroid bone and a long finger bone.Y. qi’s rodlike bone is similar to the pterosaur’s pteroid bone but is longer. Unlike pterosaurs’ shorter wing-supporting bone, Y. qi’s bone probably

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