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Prehistoric Pencils 20

July 31, 2014
Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx

Today’s Prehistoric Beast is the raven sized Archaeopteryx, an important late Jurassic transitional creature that helped to bridge the gap in understanding the relationship between modern birds and their avian ancestors, the dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx was discovered at a very crucial time in science and biology, it’s discovery being just two years after Darwin published On The Origin Of  Species. The Archaeopteryx’ transitional form containing teeth, tail, and grasping fingers as well as flight feathers helped to visually validate many of those evolutionary theories.

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