Sure Archaeopteryx could fly!

Published: 2018-03-14


Was the Late Jurassic Archaeopteryx was a ground-living dinosaur or a flying bird? This question has fascinated paleontologists for decades. An international team of researchers, including Sophie Sanchez at Uppsala University/SciLifeLab, have now used synchrotron microtomography to answer this question without destroying the precious fossils. The results, published in Nature Communications, show that the wings of Archaeopteryx could manage occasional flights, but could not facilitate advanced tours that modern birds can undertake.

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