Scientists keep on giving new information after studying dinosaur fossils. As new fossils are being received by scientists, their new species and characteristics are being revealed. Recent research has revealed that two small dinosaurs had bats-like wings. But despite having wings, these dinosaurs could not fly.
Yi and Ambopterix were two small dinosaur bat-like wings. But these dinosaurs could not fly like common birds. These dinosaurs could somehow glide between the trees. Research published in the journal iScience has revealed that these dinosaurs were not able to compete with other dinosaurs and early birds living on trees. This species of dinosaurs became extinct after a few million years.
Thomas DiSecky, assistant professor of biology at Mound Marty University and the first author of this research study, reported that these two species were so weak as to fly in the air that they fell once they were in the air. Despite the poor performance, this species of dinosaurs survived for a few million years, but there was a presence of predators from top to bottom. In such a situation, their disappearance was certain.
Let us know that Yi and Ambopteryx were small animals of North China, which were found about 16 million years ago. The dinosaurs of this species weighed only two pounds. These species are unreadable examples of theropod dinosaurs. Theropod dinosaurs are the group from which birds arose. While most theropods preferred to live on land and be carnivorous, Yi and Ambopteryx preferred to live on trees and eat insects, seeds, and other plants.
Diceki and his colleagues scanned fossils using laser simulated fluorescence to find out when these dinosaurs would fly. This technique used laser light to gain detailed knowledge of soft tissues. The researchers then used mathematical models to predict how they could fly.
Researchers said that once under pressure, these dinosaurs fell. Their conditions were such that they could maintain their dominance neither on land nor in air. Researchers are now studying the muscles of these dinosaurs and trying to make an accurate picture of them.