Archaeopteryx Fossil Sheds Light on the Evolution of Feathers in Birds and Dinosaurs

July 4, 2014 12:32 PM

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Archaeopteryx is known as one of the oldest and most distinct species of early bird. Now, paleontologists have uncovered a new specimen that reveals surprisingly and previously unknown features of the creature's plumage.

So far, 11 specimens of archaeopteryx have been discovered, revealing further insight into this so-called "basal bird." This latest specimen, though, shows a bit more about the evolution of feathers and its relationship to avian flight.

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