In China, paleontologists have unearthed a fossil of Sinomacrops Bondei. The reason you might not immediately understand what that is might be because this is a new animal species and genus.
According to experts, this creature would have had hair-like filaments and glided through primordial forests.
They have categorized the fossil as an anurognathid. Basically, that means it would have had a short, stubby chin and round eyes comparable to the Porgs seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In fact, Natalia Jagielska, who is a science illustrator, made a joke about this Bondei being of the ‘same species’ as the Porg. She made a post comparing the two creatures for comparison.
This discovery is unique in that this happens to be the first anurognathid that has been discovered with its skull fully exposed in lateral view. Due to that, scientists can understand the evolutionary development and the diversification of the dinosaur species.
As for the creature’s name, Sinomacrops Bondei, it is derived from the Greek word Sino, which means China, combined with the words large and eyes (macro and ops) respectively.
Additionally, in honor of Neils Bonde, a paleontologist popular for his many scientific contributions, they also gave the fossil the name Bondei. He was also given the honor because he is such an inspiration to many.
So far, entire skeletons have been excavated from the site. Such skeletons are complete, and they have skin, fur, as well as stomach contents.
Scientists have volcanic ash to thank for this incredible stroke of luck. This material quickly buried the creatures and created an airless environment that contributed to their preservation over all those centuries.
The remains of Sinomacrops Bondei have been taken to the Jinzhou Museum of Paleontology in west-central China.