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Author Topic:   New Specimen of Archaeopteryx Goes on Display
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09-02-2016 10:52 AM

The Oldest Archaeopteryx in Town

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09-02-2016 10:52 AM

Just some context from the article that might be relevant to some ongoing discussion:

For much of the Late Jurassic, western Europe was covered by a shallow tropical sea. Small islands formed an archipelago which stretched from Portugal to France and into Germany and where the land met the water there were extensive lagoons. Some of these lagoons became cut off from the sea and also from terrestrial runoff. They remained relatively still bodies of water that gradually became more saline and anoxic (low in oxygen). These conditions meant that there were few large organisms around to scavenge any carcases should they end up in the water. The lack of current enabled the bodies of organisms to gently become covered by the soft carbonate mud. This led to the fantastic degree of preservation seen in many of the Solnhofen fossils found today.

In short, some explanation of why fossils are rare but not non-existent.

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