Another Archaeopteryx

This has been doing the rounds for a few days so I’d be very surprised if any regular readers didn’t know this already but a new Archaeopteryx has turned up. There’s little information on it right now but it is apparently, and sadly, in private hands. It’s mostly complete and with a cracking set of feet (and nice curvature to the tail) though there’s only a few bits of skull preserved.

Helmut Tischlinger has been kind enough to send me high-res copies of the photos of the beast and to put them up here. They are rather clearly tagged as his copyrighted material and they are ‘on loan’ to me so to speak. Please do not copy, download, link directly too, or use without *his* permission.

 

10 Responses to “Another Archaeopteryx”


  1. 1 Roger (@jazzpangolin) 21/10/2011 at 2:16 am

    Beautiful! Do you have any idea when it was found? I remember reading that the Thermopolis specimen had been kicking around for a century or so, which I find quite baffling.

  2. 3 Jaime A. Headden 21/10/2011 at 4:29 am

    Excellent images! I love the little skull to the side. How many people think it’s the bird’s skull?

  3. 4 Mark Robinson 21/10/2011 at 6:55 am

    Just lovely. Well, I can see why it died. It only has one wing so it would have flown around in circles.

  4. 5 Pádraig Seán Ó HEidirsceoil 21/10/2011 at 12:32 pm

    “Excellent images! I love the little skull to the side. How many people think it’s the bird’s skull?”

    Lower jaw (dentary) from both sides and both the right and left premaxilla seen from below. The other elements seem something like the parasphenoid or something,,,still got to look at it some more…

    • 6 Jaime A. Headden 22/10/2011 at 4:29 am

      I actually think it’s a premaxilla and pair of dentaries with splenials, while the other element across them is multiple different (palatal?) objects. The teeth, however, appear blunt and more highly concentrated than an Archaeopteryx jaw.


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