But the specimen is considerably more modern looking than the primitive archaeopteryx
, having foot bones and a keeled breastbone that resemble those of birds today.
In the latest study, the team scanned the entire fossil of the first Archaeopteryx
feather with the SSRL X-ray beam.
Discovered in 1861 in Germany, Archaeopteryx
was widely considered as the earliest known bird, but Chinese scientists cast doubt about its status two years ago, according to Fox News.
- one of the oldest known prehistoric birds 150 million years ago - had feathers and flew.
The new research looked at the dinosaur Anchiornis huxleyi and the Jurassic bird Archaeopteryx
Paleontologists have unearthed a long-sought treasure--evidence of a feathered dinosaur older than Archaeopteryx
, the 150-million-year-old creature often considered to be the first known bird (SN: 10/24/09, p.
At the same time, Archaeopteryx
was flying over Europe and giant dinosaurs, such as Diplodocus and Allosaurus, were stomping around North America.
Plateosaurus and Archaeopteryx
anchored the first two books, published in 2008.
This is a surprising find from the cradle of feathered dinosaur work, the very formation where the first feathered dinosaur Archaeopteryx
was collected over 150 years ago," said Mark Norell, chair of the Division of Palaeontology at the American Museum of Natural History and an author on the new paper along with researchers from Bayerische Staatssammlung fur Palaontologie und Geologie and the Ludwig Maximilians University.
The creature, which stood about 28 centimeters tall at the hip, is the oldest known to have sported feathers and is estimated to be between 1 million and 11 million years older than Archaeopteryx
, the first known bird.
The group petitioned to remove examples of the evolution of the horse and the ancestral Archaeopteryx
bird, Nature reported.
Surely it was serendipity when, just two years later, quarriers unearthed fossils of Archaeopteryx
London, Jan 25 ( ANI ): Archaeopteryx
, a 150 million-year-old winged dinosaur, had black feathers on its wings that were structurally similar to that of living birds, indicating that modern wing feathers evolved in the Jurassic period, a new study has revealed.
Fossils of nearly all birdlike Archaeopteryx
, as well as some Tyrannosaurus rex and other ancient creatures, exhibit the curious pose.
A grasping foot is present in the closest relatives of birds, but also in the earliest birds like Archaeopteryx