Daily Archives: November 20, 2012

Having Venom Just Wasn’t Enough: The Flying Snake

The ability to glide has evolved separately in a surprising diversity of animals that stretches from reptiles, mammals, frogs, ants, and fish to even some species of squid. One of the more interesting gliders, however, must be the Chrysopelea, often called the “flying snake”.

Recent Discoveries about the Evolution of Flying Fish

For years scientists have known the flying fish to be the one of the earliest known examples of gliding on water by verterbrates,  However, recent discoveries by scientists and researchers in China now suggest that there is an earlier flying fish, or Potanichthys xingyiensis, that is the first known of its kind.