The Cellar  

Go Back   The Cellar > Images > Image of the Day

Image of the Day Images that will blow your mind - every day. [Blog] [RSS] [XML]

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-19-2017, 11:04 PM   #1
xoxoxoBruce
The future is unwritten
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 60,271
Aug 20th, 2017: Jurassic Gliders

There’s all manner of critters that fly, birds, insects, but not mammals except the Bat.
But there are reptiles like snakes and frogs as well as mammals that glide. The oldest gliding mammals, discovered in China,
were gliding 160 million years ago, when T-Rex was a road hazard.



Quote:
Maiopatagium furculiferum and Vilevolodon diplomylos were both small, furry mammals well-adapted to an arboreal lifestyle. The fossils are so well preserved that paleontologists could observe a tell-tale fringe of skin and fur around their bodies, similar to the membranes used by sugar gliders and flying squirrels to float through the air. Lengthened fingers allowed them to hang like bats from tree branches, and their gliding membranes, called patagium, gave the ancient mammals the ability to move from tree to tree without ever touching the ground.


Quote:
Both fossils belong to a group of ancestral mammals that have long been extinct. As such, there is no line connecting them to gliding mammals today, indicating that mammalian aerial skills disappeared and re-emerged at least once throughout history
link

link
__________________
Everything is interesting... look closer.
xoxoxoBruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2017, 06:58 AM   #2
Griff
still says videotape
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 22,115
I'm not sure that an arboreal lifestyle is legal in PA.
__________________
If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.
- Louis D. Brandeis
Griff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2017, 09:31 AM   #3
sexobon
^it sings^
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 6,912
They have family trees; but, that's just on paper ...
sexobon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2017, 12:18 PM   #4
Diaphone Jim
Operations Operative
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 541
I think I saw the lower guy in Central Park.
Diaphone Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2017, 01:23 PM   #5
Gravdigr
The Un-Tuckian
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South Central...KY that is
Posts: 30,401
Pretty fly for a squrl guy.
__________________


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, EPA, FBI, DEA, CDC, or FDIC. These statements are not intended to diagnose, cause, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you feel you have been harmed/offended by, or, disagree with any of the above statements or images, please feel free to fuck right off.
Gravdigr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2017, 10:03 PM   #6
xoxoxoBruce
The future is unwritten
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 60,271
There are Northern Flying Squirrels, and the smaller Southern Flying Squirrels, but none hold a candle to the Uncommon Flying Squirrel.

__________________
Everything is interesting... look closer.
xoxoxoBruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2017, 04:02 PM   #7
Diaphone Jim
Operations Operative
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 541
I was referring to the critter in the top pic with his coat open.
And no, he hadn't just sold out of fake Rolexes.
Diaphone Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2017, 07:59 PM   #8
xoxoxoBruce
The future is unwritten
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 60,271
Yes, but he/she doesn't hold a candle to the Flying Squirrel with a cape, nor do regular Flying Squirrels or Sugar Gliders.
What we have here is Super Squirrel. Don't mess with Super Squirrel.

__________________
Everything is interesting... look closer.
xoxoxoBruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:46 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.