Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen

Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen

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Caption: Archaeopteryx. Fossil of Archaeopteryx, a crow-sized flying reptile with feathers. The bones (orange) are surrounded by feathers (rippled areas). The head is at centre left, with the wings at upper left and centre right. The legs are at lower centre, and the tail is at lower left. Less than ten specimens of Archaeopteryx have been found, all from the Solenhofen limestones of the late Jurassic period (195-135 million years ago), in Bavaria, Germany. Archaeopteryx shows that birds evolved from dinosaurs. The claws seen on its wings are a combined reptilian and avian characteristic. This is the Berlin Specimen, discovered in 1876/7.

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