A gliding lizard from the Early Cretaceous of China.

  title={A gliding lizard from the Early Cretaceous of China.},
  author={Pi-peng Li and Ke-Qin Gao and Lian-Hai Hou and Xing Xu},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={104 13},
Gliding is an energetically efficient mode of locomotion that has evolved independently, and in different ways, in several tetrapod groups. Here, we report on an acrodontan lizard from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Group of China showing an array of morphological traits associated with gliding. It represents the only known occurrence of this specialization in a fossil lizard and provides evidence of an Early Cretaceous ecological diversification into an aerial niche by crown-group squamates. The… CONTINUE READING
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