Thursday, March 11, 2010
According to scientists, the Archaeopteryx lithographica (page 40) is the earliest and most primitive bird known. Certain features allow scientists to think that it is a transitional fossil between modern birds and reptiles, more specifically dinosaurs. What are these specific features that connect theropod dinosaurs with birds? Does the Archaeopteryx fossil resemble one of these animals more than the other? Also, have scientists found any other transitional forms between dinosaurs and birds that prove this relationship of evolution is true?