As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 15 November 2012

Archaeopteryx: The Transitional Fossil

Paleontologists view Archaeopteryx as a transition between dinosaurs and modern birds. With its blend of avian and reptilian features, it was thought by many to have been the earliest bird. Discovered in 1860 in Germany, it is sometimes referred to as Urvogel, the German word for "original bird" or "first bird." Recent discoveries, however, have made scientists rethink that status.

The more common name Archaeopteryxis a combination of two ancient Greek words: archaīos, meaning "ancient," andptéryx, meaning "feather" or "wing." All 11 fossil specimens have been assigned, with some controversy, to a single species, Archaeopteryx 

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