A WINGED beast from 150 million years ago has been identified as the missing link between dinosaurs and birds. Archeopteryx…
A WINGED beast from 150 million years ago has been identified as the missing link between dinosaurs and birds.
Archeopteryx albersdoerferi could fly thanks to its thin, air-filled legs, similar to those in birds today.
Archeopteryx albersdoerferi is known as the “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds
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Archeopteryx albersdoerferi is called the “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds
However, it differed from earlier species of archeopteryx because it had melted bones in the skull and fewer teeth, researchers say.
Leader author Prof Martin Kundrat, from Pavol Jozef Safarik University, Slovakia, said: “Archeopteryx albersdoerferi is one of the most important examples of Archaeopteryx because it is about 400,000 years younger than any of the others so far.
“This is the first time that many bones and teeth of Archaeopteryx were seen from all spectrum including exposure to their internal structure. Archeopteryx means “old wing”. The first fossil skeleton was erupted in Germany in 1861 and is housed in London’s Natural History Museum.
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The newly dissected fossil is much older than previous flying dinosaurs
Prof Kundrat and colleagues used a state-of-the-art 3D X-ray scanning technique called Synchrotron microtomography to virtually dissect the fossil.
It shows that albersdoerferi was a pace of the evolving dinosaurs’ evolution of birds.
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The discovery also kills allegations that archeopteryx was no more than a springy dinosaur.  The result is from the analysis of a waterfall found in a German quarry in 1990 and nicknamed The Phantom.
Sven will researcher Prof Per Ahlberg say, “It shares more features that are common to modern birds than your dinosaur ancestors.”