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618 - Research on the Teyler Archaeopteryx

Yesterday Michael E. Howgate who used to be associated with the University College, London University and author of three papers on Archaeopteryx, visited to museum to take a closer look at our specimen of Archaeopteryx. Results of his examination wil be published later.

The Haarlem Specimen (TM 6428, also known as the Teyler Specimen) was discovered in 1855 near Riedenburg, Germany, and described as a Pterodactylus crassipes in 1857 by von Meyer. It was reclassified in 1970 by John Ostrom. It was the very first specimen, despite the classification error. It is also one of the least complete specimens, consisting mostly of limb bones, isolated cervical vertebrae, and ribs.

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