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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 …

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