Archaeopteryx

It was suggested to me not too long ago that I might well have the best and most extensive collection of images of Archaeopteryx specimens online. Between having seen quite a few of these on display and having taken photos myself, plus the near endless collection generously sent on by Helmut Tischlinger of his UV works, nearly every specimen is on here and most with multiple views, close-ups and in UV. I am still missing a couple, but I’d have to agree that I’ve yet to see any online collection that can rival mine. Still, they are scatted around all manner of posts and so aren’t necessarily that easy to find. No more, here’s they are all are for convenience.

Cast of the London specimen

The Berlin specimen

The Berlin specimen returns

The Munich specimen

Mayr with the Eichstaett specimen

Eichstaett, Thermopolis and Berlin in UV

Solnhofen, Eichstaett and ‘chicken-wing’ specimens

Close-ups of the Solnhofen specimen

Solnhofen specimen in black and white

The Thermopolis specimen

The Daiting specimen (and in UV)

The most recent (11th) specimen (and in UV)

More on the 11th specimen

Yet more Archaeopteryx – Chicken Wing, Haarlem and Maxberg

If you have others you are happy to share and have permission to distribute, do please let me know and send them on. This is simply there as a reference collection for people to learn and work with, but obviously more (or better, not all of these are great) would be lovely to have and make this still more useful. I know there are some scans and images out there and it’d be great to round this out as a clearing-house for people who want to see and compare these specimens.

15 Responses to “Archaeopteryx”


  1. 1 Roger Close 18/07/2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks, Dave! *bookmarked*

  2. 2 Habib 18/07/2012 at 9:39 pm

    The Wikipedia article seems to have an image of every specimen or casts of them.

    • 3 David Hone 18/07/2012 at 10:39 pm

      True Mike, and while they do have some I don’t and some of my images are not great, there’s a wealth here they don’t have – counterplates, close-ups, UV work and for a few, just fundamentally better images. Their photos of the Daiting and 11th specimens for example and low angles and basly lit, and there at least I’ve got them pasted (well, using Helmut’s photos anyway ;) ).

  3. 6 hypnotosov 20/07/2012 at 2:10 pm

    I have some photographs of the Haarlem specimen here: https://picasaweb.google.com/117258893572255869060/TeylersArchaeopteryx?authuser=0&feat=directlink
    They are hardly professional quality, but it’s missing from your virtual collection. If you are interested drop me a line at hypnotosov at gmail com


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