More on the 11th Archaeopteryx

DSCF9843Continuing my collection / database of Archaeopteryx images, it’s time to increase it a little further. Last week I helped out at the Natural History Museum’s ‘open evening’ called “Science Uncovered”. I was there basically to be a scientist for people to talk to, but there were whole stands from other universities with research connected to the NHM and of course a raft of curators, researchers and other staff bringing the behind-the-scences stuff to the front of house. One special had been laid on that really drew the crowds – the 11th Archaeopteryx specimen.

Although it has appeared on here before, this is the first time I had seen it and was able to take some notes of features and indeed get a few photos. The lighting was absolutely nightmarish, but between tons of photos and a bit of tweaking of balance levels I have produced at least a few that are not too terrible, though at not very high resolution and mostly taken at a pretty low angle. Enjoy (as far as you can).

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7 Responses to “More on the 11th Archaeopteryx”


  1. 1 Thomas Peace (author) 02/10/2013 at 8:43 pm

    Very interesting photos! Thank you much! :)

  2. 2 Mark Graham 02/10/2013 at 9:39 pm

    Dave – I took some shots with my mobile while it was out in the lab – will forward to you.

  3. 3 George Hancock 07/10/2013 at 9:28 pm

    Absolutely incredible pictures.

  4. 4 David Bump 17/10/2013 at 3:47 am

    I seem to recall that there was a paper proving that Archaeopteryx didn’t have a reversed hallux, but it also seems to me that all the cases where the foot is well-preserved, there’s that extra little toe, stubbornly located behind the foot and with the claw curved toward the others as if it were naturally positioned to grasp. I guess you have to squint at the bones through a microscope and memorize a dozen reasons why so many of them got turned around like that to figure out the real true scientific facts that mere mortals like me can’t hope to understand.

  5. 5 ridwan 11/06/2014 at 4:08 am

    dude is this real or cast? i dont want to get cheated. this slab has to be original and real not made up of many pieces glued together or fake. let me know ridwanprij@gmail.com


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