Theory suggests iconic early bird lost its flight

Nov 12, 2013 Full story: NatureNews 6

The anatomy of the bird-dinosaur Archaeopteryx , depicted here near the shore of the Tethys Sea , is reminiscent of that of modern flightless birds that descended from flying ones.

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SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#1 Nov 12, 2013
Habib's presentation, along with others exploring what ancient birds could and could not do, has sparked intense interest in variations between the anatomies of modern birds that display different behaviours... Mystery goes on!

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#2 Nov 13, 2013
SpaceBlues wrote:
Habib's presentation, along with others exploring what ancient birds could and could not do, has sparked intense interest in variations between the anatomies of modern birds that display different behaviours... Mystery goes on!
The only mystery is why you haven't killed yourself!
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#3 Nov 13, 2013
“Just because Archaeopteryx was the first feathered dinosaur found, doesn’t mean it has to play a central role in the actual history of the origins of birds,” says palaeontologist Thomas Holtz of the University of Maryland in College Park.“We have to remember it appears 10 million years or so after the oldest known bird-like dinosaurs and so our famous 'first bird' may really be a secondarily flightless one.”[nature.com]
coelophysis

Durham, NC

#4 Nov 13, 2013
archaeopteryx could fly it had flight feather every bird with flight feathers can fly archaeopteryx =perching bird with bird jaw and have no thecodont teeth and it had special bone a bird bone so it can move upper jaw not found in dinosaurs protoavis bird is 75 millon years older and it was more modern do the math.dinosaur = gator
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#5 Nov 13, 2013
Don't you guys read the article from the #1 science mag called nature?

Your info is out of date. I am correct!
coelophysis

Durham, NC

#6 Nov 15, 2013
archaeopteryx is callll a perching bird because it has perching bird toe that mean it perch on branches of trees and could not climb tree so it fly hello!!!!

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