A Mesozoic gliding mammal from northeastern China

  title={A Mesozoic gliding mammal from northeastern China},
  author={J. F. Meng and Yaoming Hu and Yuanqing Wang and Xiaolin Wang and Chuankui Li},
Gliding flight has independently evolved many times in vertebrates. Direct evidence of gliding is rare in fossil records and is unknown in mammals from the Mesozoic era. Here we report a new Mesozoic mammal from Inner Mongolia, China, that represents a previously unknown group characterized by a highly specialized insectivorous dentition and a sizable patagium (flying membrane) for gliding flight. The patagium is covered with dense hair and supported by an elongated tail and limbs; the latter… CONTINUE READING
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