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A brief history of Archeopteryx findings

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So while I was at the beautfiul Dinopark Altmühltal I found there a complete history of ALL Archeopterxs that where ever found. All where found in central Bavaria :) 



Enjoy :) 





The very first found (No number, so let's call it zero) was actually just a feather. 


To sum it up: 

13 fossils found + the feather


1 lost in Germany (Number 3) :( 

1 in Wyoming/USA (Number 10)

1 in UK (Number 1)

1 in Netherlands (Number 4)

9 in Germany + the feather


I hope you can read everything.



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Tidgy's Dad

Extremely informative! 

And beautiful too.

Thanks for sharing that.:)

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Thanks for sharing this bit of information.

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I don't think I've ever seen that 12th Archaeopteryx before.


Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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12th can be seen at the Dinopark Altmühltal. Its one of the highlights there. :) 


This here is Number 12 (no cast, the real one, beneath very thick glas):



Here is more in detail information about Number 12.

So this specimen was found by a private fossil collector. No professional, just someone like we all are. One in a lifetime find for this lucky person. :) 



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There's also a nice book,  "Archaeopteryx: Der Urvogel von Solnhofen" (translation:  Archaeopteryx: The Early/Primitive Bird of Solnhofen) by Peter Wellnhofer (Verlag, Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, 2008) which covers the eleven finds known at the time in detail and includes a lot of background on the deposit, birds, and the evolution of flight.  It was originally published in German but an English edition was released the year after under the title, "Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution."  I received the German one as a gift.  It is beautifully-illustrated.


The term, "Urvogel," breaks down in German with the prefix "ur" meaning "early" or "primitive" and "vogel" being the word for "bird."  I have seen English-speaking researchers adopt "urvogel" as a quick catch-all for all Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous birds.  I would have thought the English translation would have been closer to the German with "Early Bird of Solnhofen" or perhaps "Solnhofen's Early Bird of Evolution" with the additional recognition of Archaeopteryx being discovered (first a single feather, then a near-complete skeleton a year later) almost immediately after Darwin published his "On the Origin of Species" (1859).  At the time he was struggling to come up with transitional fossils to support his theory.  Suddenly, a bird with reptile parts appeared and a lot more people took him seriously.  In his book, "The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs" (the American edition: The Dial Press/James Wade, 1976), Adrian J. Desmond cleverly referred to the timely find of Archaeopterix as "A Griffin Rescues Evolution."


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