The fossil of a bat-like dinosaur has been discovered by a local farmer in China.
A small, feathered dinosaur that probably had bat-like wing membranes might have been able to glide or fly short distances.
The fossilized remains of the creature have a 13-centimetre-long, rod-like bone that lengthens from each wrist, which might have helped to support or position wing membranes. The small areas of membranous tissue also cling around the bones.
"Yi qi lived in the Jurassic, so it was a pioneer in the evolution of flight on the line to birds," Zheng added. "It reminds us that the early history of flight was full of innovations, not all of which survived."
Similar features have been found in bats and flying squirrels but never before in a dinosaur.