Archaeopteryx in the Nude

Archaeopteryx sans feathers by David Peters

Figure 1. Archaeopteryx sans feathers. Here is the raw dinosaur beneath all the bird accouterment, perched in full scale on the balcony of my apartment. Made of wood and wire, with a little plumbers putty for claws and a glass eye from the taxidermy catalog.

Archaeopteryx, perhaps the most fascinating of all dinosaurs.
Here, seen as never before, stripped of its feathers is the ‘mother of all birds’.  I sculpted this several years back when I was doing such things and its been sitting on my shelf ever since. Not much I can say about Archaeopteryx that hasn’t been said before. It’s bird. It’s a dinosaur. It’s both!

Nice change of pace from all the finger-pointing  and nay-saying of the past few days.

As always, I encourage readers to see specimens, make observations and come to your own conclusions. Test. Test. And test again.

Evidence and support in the form of nexus, pdf and jpeg files will be sent to all who request additional data.

wiki/Archaeopteryx

6 thoughts on “Archaeopteryx in the Nude

  1. Hop, hop, hop! Hopping gait with zero duty factor –> flight.

    Where’s the massive sternum, etc. needed (evidently) by modern birds of equal mass, such as pigeons? (That’s a rhetorical question.) And what about those claws on the forelimbs?

  2. Cool! But I bet Darren is dumpster-diving to find the one you tossed out — you probably used green nail-polish on the claws, right?

  3. Nice change of pace from all the finger-pointing and nay-saying of the past few days.

    Unfortunately I have to resume it. You made the 1st toes point backward, which isn’t possible, and you didn’t get the 2nd toes right either (best, but not only, seen in the Thermopolis specimen). And why did you fuse the 2nd and 3rd fingers? They were clearly independently mobile in Confuciusornis.

  4. First and second toes: if it isn’t possible it’s an error. Fingers, covered with skin. Not fused. Did not know they were not co-wrapped in Confuciusornis. I performed the same ‘operation’ on all my raptors in “Raptors – The Nastiest Dinosaurs.”

  5. Fingers, covered with skin. Not fused.

    If they’re covered by the same skin together, with no air between them, then that’s what I mean by “fused”.

    Did not know they were not co-wrapped in Confuciusornis.

    That’s very easily visible in many of the fossils and even in line drawings of them: the 2nd and 3rd finger stand off in very different and inconsistent directions!

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