Dienstag, 3. November 2009

The Sixth Bird

The sixth specimen of Archaeopteryx was recognized during fossil-preparation work in 1987, and it is the largest known and considered an adult or subadult animal. Exact location and time of the discovery of the fossil are unknown, during the seventies it was treasured in the collection of the major of Solnhofen - Friedrich Müller.A worker of a quarry near Eichstätt claimed that it was discovered in 1985 and then sold illegal to the major. In 2003 the law case was closed, the provenance of the fossil - the investigated quarry - couldn't be confirmed. Today the Solnhofen specimen can be admired in the Major Müller-Museum in Solnhofen.

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