Houston Museum of Natural Science

Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution

Most scientists believe birds evolved from small therapod dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx, which lived over 150 million years ago, is a classic example of an evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. As of today, there are only 7 known specimens of Archaeopteryx. This exhibit will present some of the finest known fossils from the late Jurassic period showing life at the time of these first birds. Fossils from the world renowned quarries of Solenhofen, Germany will be featured. The first fossil discovered with feathers was found in 1861, just two years before Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution. This fossil is known as archaeopteryx and is the earliest bird known to Science. Organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

 

 

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