Archaeopteryx fossil

Archaeopteryx fossil

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Fossil remains of Archaeopteryx, the flying reptile with feathers or the earliest known bird, found in the fine-grained limestones of the late Jurassic period (195 to 135 m.y.) at Solenhofen, Bavaria. Archaeopteryx, seen as the link between reptile and bird, had many of the features of a small dinosaur with the addition of feathers and combined reptilian and birdlike claws on its wings. It was about the size of a crow.

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Keywords: animal, animals, archaeopteryx, earliest, extinct, fossil, fossil bird, fossil vertebrate, fossils, germany, jurassic, palaeontology, paleontology, solenhofen, vertebrates, wildlife, zoology

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