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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 20 2007,10:09   

Pretty cool. See here.

 
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Most gliding animals, such as “flying” frogs and squirrels, use a membrane spread between their toes or between their body and legs to stay airborne. A gliding membrane spread between elongated ribs is only known to occur in an ancient lizardlike animal that lived during the Late Triassic era and certain living dragon lizards in Southeast Asia.

“It is really amazing to see evolution making nearly identical structures in animals of different origins spanning such a long history,” Xu told LiveScience.


Don't those Chinese know that evolution has never happened?  :angry:

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Alan Fox



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 20 2007,11:42   

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only known to occur in an ancient lizardlike animal that lived during the Late Triassic era and certain living dragon lizards in Southeast Asia.


So before this discovery, there was only one gap, and now there are two!!!

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 20 2007,21:13   

Elongated ribs - that's a new (er, old?) twist. And, it leaves the critter's feet available for use as feet, not like bats and birds where the co-opting of the forelimbs makes it harder to use them as arms or legs.

Henry

  
k.e



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 20 2007,21:27   

Yes but could it speak and was it's name Stan?

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