Evidence corroborates identity of isolated fossil feather as a wing covert of Archaeopteryx

  title={Evidence corroborates identity of isolated fossil feather as a wing covert of Archaeopteryx},
  author={Ryan M. Carney and Helmut Tischlinger and Matthew D. Shawkey},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
The historic fossil feather from the Jurassic Solnhofen has played a pivotal but controversial role in our evolutionary understanding of dinosaurs and birds. Recently, a study confirmed the diagnostic morphology of the feather’s original calamus, but nonetheless challenged the proposed identity as an Archaeopteryx covert. However, there are errors in the results and interpretations presented. Here we show that the feather is most likely an upper major primary covert, based on its long calamus… Expand
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