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When I was young I wanted to be a palaeontologist

I was excitable, curious

I read ravenously

Was everything a scientist needed to be

Until I buried it under the sediment… 205 more words


You heard it here first: No two Archaeopteryx look the same.

The science section
of the online British news outlet, the Guardian, reported on the 12th (Haarlem) specimen of Archaeopteryx re-named Ostromia. You can read that story online… 305 more words

Reptile Family Tree

How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

Modern birds appeared to emerge in a snap of evolutionary time. But new research illuminates the long series of evolutionary changes that made the transformation possible. 2,290 more words


The oldest Archaeopteryx

The Archaeopteryx story began in  the summer of 1861, two years after the publication of the first edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species, when workers in a limestone quarry in Germany discovered the impression of a single 145-million-year-old feather. 772 more words

Sea Wall: a journey on the South Dorset Ridgeway by Jennifer Hunt (Archaeopteryx, 2016)

I came across this delightful little volume of thoughts, snippets, poems, lino cuts and two inspiring concrete poems at the Weymouth Book Fayre at the beginning of December last year. 562 more words

Book Reviews

The 11th Archaeopteryx: closer to Sapeornis

Archaeopteryx number 11
(Figs. 1, 2) has no museum number and is in private hands, but Foth et al. 2014 published a description in Nature. These authors unfortunately considered this specimen just another… 232 more words

Reptile Family Tree

Ostromia: The Haarlem specimen of Archaeopteryx

Updated January 17, 2018 with a new tracing and nesting of Ostromia as a sister to Eosinopteryx in the proximal outgroup clade to the birds.  374 more words

Phylogenetic Analysis