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Earliest flying mammal discovered


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user posted image rSubmitted by Waspie Dwarf: Mammals took to the skies at least 70 million years earlier than previously thought, scientists say. A fossil uncovered in China suggests mammals were trying out flight at about the same time - or even earlier - than birds, the team reports in Nature.

The researchers said the squirrel-sized animal, which lived at least 125 million years ago, used a fur-covered skin membrane to glide through the air.

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Wheeee, new species! It just goes to show how efficient that gliding method is. Creatures like flying squirrels and sugargliders are still using it 125,000,000 years later.

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