Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Archaeopteryx yet again

Archaeopteryx Studies (Continued)

The question on everyone's lips - "was Archaeopteryx capable of flying" - has been answered positively; at least to the satisfaction of the authors of THIS PAPER.

More accessible versions can be found HERE and HERE. Because Archaeopteryx fossils are so precious, non-destructive methods have to be used and the latest is the European synchroton in Grenoble. There, researchers found Archaeopteryx bones most resembled those of pheasants - birds that occasionally use active flight to cross barriers or dodge predators.

There is a lot more about it in the papers, especially the Nature one. I will leave you to read them all at your leisure.

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