An artist

Ancient ‘dragons’ were Earth’s first gliding reptiles

While most ancient reptiles crawled, scuttled, and jumped in their prehistoric habitats, one stealthy creature opted for an aerial technique: gliding.

Tiny, “resembling a dragon” Coelurosaurus elivensis (see-luh-roh-SAW’-rah-vus eh-lih-VEN’-sis) used a pair of patagiales – thin membranes that stretched from its torso to its forelimbs, forming a wing to move from treetop to treetop, according to a new study published online Friday, September 9 in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (opens in a new tab).

#Ancient #dragons #Earths #gliding #reptiles

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *