What has reptilian teeth, a long bony tail, three clawed fingers on each forearm and...feathers? Archaeopteryx, of course. Sometimes referred to as the first bird we now understand Archaeopteryx to be part of a group related to the ancestors of modern birds. While Archaeopteryx had true feathers and could fly, the creature was mostly dinosaurian in form.
Fewer than ten skeletons of Archaeopteryx have ever been found. Of these, the most famous is on exhibit at the Humboldt University Museum of Natural History in Berlin. Found in 1877 in German's Solnhofen Limestone, the Berlin specimen remains the best preserved Archaeopteryx of those so far discovered. From the claws and feathers on the wings to the teeth in the tiny skull, the Berlin skeleton is a window on bird evolution.
We're proud to present an accurate replica of this famous skeleton. Of the many copies of the Berlin specimen available, few reflect the original's detail and color as well as our cast. (Compare the photos on this page of our replica to the original Berlin museum specimen on the Humboldt University web site at www.museum.hu-berlin.de).
You'll not find a better quality cast at twice our price, and few museum replicas are more beautiful or intriguing than the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx.
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