The first specimen of Archaeopteryx from the Upper Jurassic Mörnsheim Formation of Germany

  title={The first specimen of Archaeopteryx from the Upper Jurassic M{\"o}rnsheim Formation of Germany},
  author={Martin Kundr{\'a}t and John R. Nudds and Benjamin P. Kear and Junchang L{\"u} and Per Erik Ahlberg},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  pages={3 - 63}
ABSTRACT From an initial isolated position as the oldest evolutionary prototype of a bird, Archaeopteryx has, as a result of recent fossil discoveries, become embedded in a rich phylogenetic context of both more and less crownward stem-group birds. This has prompted debate over whether Archaeopteryx is simply a convergently bird-like non-avialan theropod. Here we show, using the first synchrotron microtomographic examination of the genus, that the eighth or Daiting specimen of Archaeopteryx… Expand
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