Novel Archaeopteryx Fossil shows Birds had Feather Trousers in Past

July 5, 2014 10:50 AM

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Novel Archaeopteryx Fossil shows Birds had Feather Trousers in Past

The function of the Archaeopteryx's feathers, the Jurassic specimen, on their hind limbs has left researchers scratching their heads. Scientists constantly debate about the use of the Archaeopteryx's feathers, but it seems that finally they are yielding some possible answers.

Paleontologists from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) aim to put an end to the dispute with regard to well preserved specimen. The findings reveal that the first Archaeopteryx feathers were not evolved for flight, but for display.

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