Remember that time you taped a kite to your Iguana? Well, this creature is kind of similar. Kind of.
160 million years ago, back in the Jurassic period, this newly discovered species of dinosaur named Yi qi existed for a brief amount of time because apparently it was an evolutionary failure, just like Florida.
Roughly 2 feet tall, and weighing half a pound, Yi qi’s existence came to light recently after its fossilized remains were found in China’s Hebei province a decade ago, according to a new paper published in Nature (Goulet).
Its wings, like those of a bat, were made of membranes. It probably wasn’t very good at flying, but scientists believe it might have glided. See, sometimes coasting through life is a good thing, mom! #WINGIT
While Yi qi never transitioned into becoming a bird, I bet it was a pretty chill dude, and if it were around today, we probably wouldn’t have cat videos, we’d have Yi qi videos.
I’m talking Yi qis hopping into cardboard boxes, Yi qis playing the piano, Yi qis hunting a small child in a pack. You know, classic Yi qi shenanigans.