Experts unveiled a new species, “Archeopteryx albersdoerferi”, which they claim, can definitely be regarded as primitive ancestor of birds.
A new study published in the research journal Historical Biology says its teeth and clenched fingers show that it is an evolutionary space between birds and dinosaurs.
Leader author Prof Martin Kundrat, from the University of Pavol Jozef Safarik, Slovakia, said: “Archeopteryx albersdoerferi is one of the most important examples of Archeopteryx because it is approximately 400,000 years younger than any of the others found so far.”
” This is the first time that many legs and teeth of Archaeopteryx were seen from all aspects, including exposure to their internal structure.
“This is the first time that many legs and teeth of Archaeopteryx were seen from all aspects.”
Prof Martin Kundrat
“The use of synchrotron microtomography was the only way to study the sample because it is highly compressed with many fragmented bones partially or completely hidden in limestone.”
The fossil was discovered in a quarry near Daiting in southern Germany in 1
990 – but had never been reviewed before.
It contains the bulk of the skull, along with parts of the shoulders and left wing.
Prof Kundrat and his team used powerful X-rays to prove their claims.
They found subtle differences in the bones and teeth that are not seen in the other known fossils of Archeopteryx.
He added: “We can see all preserved bones. Not only we can see these legs from the inside.”