Thursday, August 15, 2013

Archaeopteryx lithographica Fossil Cast

Archaeopteryx lithographica Fossil Cast found in the Sölnhofen Formation of Bavaria, Germany. This plate shows both the creature's skeleton and impressions of its feathers. It dates to the Upper Jurassic Period (Tithonian stage). This fossil is quite stunning.

It appears to be a transitional fossil between dinosaurs and birds.

The museum specimen's accession number is CMC VP9879?.

This fossil was part of the Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was photographed in August 2013. The dinosaur exhibit was created by the Royal Ontario Museum of Toronto Canada. The cast appears to be the "Berlin specimen" from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

The exhibit was supported by Associate Exhibit Sponsor Frisch's restaurant and Promotional Partners Cincinnati Reds baseball, newspaper The Enquirer and TV channel Local 12 WKRO Cincinnati.