Ancient wings written in stone
Replica of the famous fossil - the Archaeopteryx
, or 'ancient wing'. Archaeopteryx
is considered by many to be an ancestral bird. Besides sharing many features with modern birds, such as feathers and reduced digits on the forearms, Archaeopteryx
also possesses characters found in many "reptiles". These include a full set of teeth, a relatively flat breastbone and claws on the wing. Whether Archaeopteryx
x was able to fly is still debated. Yet, even if it did take to the air, it was unlikely to be a good flyer because it lacks the large breastbone that is the attachment point for the flight musclulatures of modern birds.