Flight capability and the pectoral girdle of Archaeopteryx

  title={Flight capability and the pectoral girdle of Archaeopteryx},
  author={Storrs L. Olson and Alan Feduccia},
As the earliest birds known, the late Jurassic specimens of Archaeopteryx have been the object of great speculative interest. Ostrom1–3 has argued that Archaeopteryx was a terrestrial, cursorial predator that represents a preflight stage in the origin of birds in which the forelimbs were used as nets to trap insects. So far, this has been challenged mainly on the grounds that such activity would have caused excessive feather wear4. The principal evidence for regarding Archaeopteryx as… Expand

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