Berlin Archaeopteryx

I have managed to get decent pictures of nearly every Archaeopteryx specimen on here at one time or another. For those who have missed out, there’s Daiting, Eichstaett, London, Bergermeister-Mueller, Thermopolis, the ‘new’ specimen, the ‘chicken wing’ (and a couple of others), and various ones in UV. One that has done badly as it were, is Berlin. The most famous of the lot and to date all I have shown is a grainy old image from when the leg feathers were still present. Finally though, here is a good quality photo of the whole thing.

Sadly for me, it’s not because I have been back to Berlin where this is now permanently on public display, but comes courtesy of Heinrich Mallison who kindly took this for me.

 

11 Responses to “Berlin Archaeopteryx”


  1. 1 Heinrich Mallison 04/02/2012 at 10:29 am

    Reblogged this on dinosaurpalaeo and commented:
    Dave “stealing” my photos (he asked very nicely, and I won’t get around to a good Archie post soon anyways).

  2. 2 Zhen 04/02/2012 at 10:02 pm

    That’s not the holotype, right? This seems to be the most famous specimen whenever Archaeopteryx is shown.

    • 3 David Hone 05/02/2012 at 12:09 pm

      No the London specimen was recently designated as the holotype. Before that it was the isolated feather.

      • 4 Mark Robinson 06/02/2012 at 11:59 am

        Dave, pls remind me why the London specimen was chosen for the lectotype rather than the Berlin one. They’re both lovely but to my untrained eyes, the Berlin specimen appears to be more complete.

      • 5 David Hone 06/02/2012 at 12:46 pm

        I don’t know the details not having the exact case files, but well the London one does have some historical presecedent having been described in detail first. And it does have a better skull with the braincase preserved. I’d agree the Berlin one looks better, but it’s also fragile and has suffered some damage so it’s a bit of a 50:50.

  3. 6 Dave Godfrey 13/02/2012 at 11:29 am

    You can, just about, see the leg feathers. They’re nowhere near as good as they used to be, but they’re still visible by the tibulofibia.

    Unless they’re preparation marks…


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