Eleventh Archeopteryx fossil. Credit: Mineralientage Munich
Read aloud He is a star among primitive animals and is considered a proof of Darwinian theory of evolution: The primitive bird Archeopteryx forms a possible link between dinosaurs and birds. So far, there were ten known fossils, now in Germany, an eleventh extremely well-preserved specimen has emerged. For the first time, this new Archeopteryx will be presented at the? Munich Show? Mineral Days Munich? From the 28th to the 30th of October, the organizers announced. This is the eleventh Archeopteryx is a relatively small specimen, comparable in size with the Berlin or Munich specimen. The skeleton is very well preserved, only one wing and the skull are largely missing. "In particular, the good degree of conservation of the feathers is of great interest and will help to clarify some unresolved questions about Archeopteryx, " says Oliver Rauhut, conservator at the Bavarian State Collection of Paleontology and Geology.

The origin of the fossil is still in the fog: The owner wants to remain unknown. He has it as? German cultural property? logged in, it says in the message. "I think that this was an exemplary approach on the part of the owner: The voluntary registration of the piece as 'German Cultural Property' now also allows publications on this outstanding find, " says Gerhard Haszprunar, Director General of the Bavarian State Scientific Collection. "This ultimately leads to a win-win-win situation for owners, scientists and the general public, which feeds on one another, " one against the other ".

On Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 6 pm will be at the opening ceremony of the Munich Show? Mineralientage München presented both the newly emerged eleventh specimen and a predator dinosaur from Kelheim for the first time worldwide.

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