Palaeontology: An icon knocked from its perch

  title={Palaeontology: An icon knocked from its perch},
  author={Lawrence M. Witmer},
  • Lawrence M. Witmer
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • As sesquicentennial celebrations commemorate the discovery of Archaeopteryx as a historical symbol of evolution and the oldest fossil bird, new work shakes the dinosaur family tree — and our view of this icon. See Article p.465 When is a bird not a bird? When it's Archaeopteryx. In the 150th anniversary of its discovery, the position of Archaeopteryx as the earliest-known bird has been weakened thanks to the discovery of increasing numbers of feathered, bird-like dinosaurs over the past decade… CONTINUE READING

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