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A Mesozoic gliding mammal from northeastern China.
Nature. 2006 Dec 14; 444(7121):889-93.Nat

Abstract

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 also bear many features adapted for arboreal life. This discovery extends the earliest record of gliding flight for mammals to at least 70 million years earlier in geological history, and demonstrates that early mammals were diverse in their locomotor strategies and lifestyles; they had experimented with an aerial habit at about the same time as, if not earlier than, when birds endeavoured to exploit the sky.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, New York 10024, USA. jmeng@amnh.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17167478

Citation

Meng, Jin, et al. "A Mesozoic Gliding Mammal From Northeastern China." Nature, vol. 444, no. 7121, 2006, pp. 889-93.
Meng J, Hu Y, Wang Y, et al. A Mesozoic gliding mammal from northeastern China. Nature. 2006;444(7121):889-93.
Meng, J., Hu, Y., Wang, Y., Wang, X., & Li, C. (2006). A Mesozoic gliding mammal from northeastern China. Nature, 444(7121), 889-93.
Meng J, et al. A Mesozoic Gliding Mammal From Northeastern China. Nature. 2006 Dec 14;444(7121):889-93. PubMed PMID: 17167478.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A Mesozoic gliding mammal from northeastern China. AU - Meng,Jin, AU - Hu,Yaoming, AU - Wang,Yuanqing, AU - Wang,Xiaolin, AU - Li,Chuankui, PY - 2006/05/22/received PY - 2006/09/04/accepted PY - 2006/12/15/pubmed PY - 2007/1/12/medline PY - 2006/12/15/entrez SP - 889 EP - 93 JF - Nature JO - Nature VL - 444 IS - 7121 N2 - 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 also bear many features adapted for arboreal life. This discovery extends the earliest record of gliding flight for mammals to at least 70 million years earlier in geological history, and demonstrates that early mammals were diverse in their locomotor strategies and lifestyles; they had experimented with an aerial habit at about the same time as, if not earlier than, when birds endeavoured to exploit the sky. SN - 1476-4687 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17167478/A_Mesozoic_gliding_mammal_from_northeastern_China_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/nature05234 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -