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Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071

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Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071

Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen. Cast of the Archaeopteryx specimen held at the Berlin Natural History Museum. This cast shows the spread-out wings and long, clawed fingers. Archaeopteryx is the earliest known bird, dating from the Upper Jurassic. This cast is part of the collections held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK

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This print showcases the Archaeopteryx fossil, specifically the Berlin specimen C016 / 5071, which is a cast of the original held at the Berlin Natural History Museum. The intricate details captured in this image highlight its spread-out wings and long, clawed fingers. As the earliest known bird dating back to the Upper Jurassic period, Archaeopteryx holds immense historical significance. Displayed as part of London's Natural History Museum collections, this rare cast exemplifies the fascinating intersection between nature and history. With its feathered appearance resembling that of modern birds, it offers valuable insights into avian evolution. This remarkable specimen provides a glimpse into ancient fauna and allows us to unravel mysteries surrounding our planet's prehistoric past. A relic from an extinct reptile lineage called theropods, Archaeopteryx bridges the gap between dinosaurs and birds. Its presence challenges conventional notions about evolutionary transitions within species. Paleontologists have extensively studied these fossilized remains to understand how flight evolved among vertebrates. The Berlin specimen casts light on paleobiological research by shedding new information on early bird anatomy and behavior. It serves as a testament to Earth's rich biodiversity throughout history while reminding us of our responsibility towards preserving wildlife today. This awe-inspiring photograph not only captures an iconic piece from natural history but also celebrates scientific exploration and discovery. By immortalizing this archaeological treasure through visual storytelling, Science Photo Library pays homage to both Nature's wonders and humanity's insatiable curiosity for understanding our world's origins

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