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Re: 11th Archaeopteryx specimen on display in Switzerland

From: Ben Creisler

The dialog in the video notes that the fossil is the first specimen to
clearly show that Archaeopteryx had long feathers along its entire
lower leg (similar to Microraptor--feathers on the legs of
Archaeopteryx have been discussed before but this may be the best
preserved example) and that the tail feathers formed an extended "V"
at the tip. These features don't seem to be depicted in the animated
reconstruction, however. I guess these details will be discussed in
the formal description of the specimen.

A news story and video (both in German) about the 11th specimen of
Archaeopteryx, revealed last year and not yet scientifically
described. After much bureaucratic effort, the fossil (an official
object of national cultural heritage in Germany) has gone on display
at the Sauriermuseum in Aathal, Switzerland.  The video (again in
German) shows details of the fossil and a 3-D computer reconstruction.


video (with computer reconstruction)