PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Photographic reconstruction of the possible life appearance of Archaeopteryx by Paul D. Stewart based on the British Museum skeleton and the accurate scale model by Joe Trcic. Speculative colours including the black primary feathers for which recent fossil evidence exists. Archaeopteryx was a late Jurassic (150 mybp) reptile, morphologically somewhere between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. It was long considered the oldest bird. Its discovery in 1861 proved an important piece of evidence for the "Origin of Species" which Darwin published two years earlier.
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