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New species of ‘missing link’ between dinosaurs and birds identified

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181025151820.htm

Researchers have identified a new species of Archaeopteryx that is closer to modern birds in evolutionary terms.

Known as the 'Icon of Evolution' and 'the missing link' between dinosaurs and birds, Archaeopteryx has become one of the most famous fossil discoveries in Palaeontology.

Now, as part of an international team of scientists, researchers at The University of Manchester have identified a new species of Archaeopteryx that is closer to modern birds in evolutionary terms.
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The 12 known specimens of Archaeopteryx were studied using 3-D X-ray technology. Specimen ''number 8" is physically much closer to a modern bird than it is to a reptile. Therefore, it is evolutionary distinctive and different enough to be described as a new species -- Archaeopteryx albersdoerferi.

"By digitally dissecting the fossil we found that this specimen differed from all of the others. It possessed skeletal adaptations which would have resulted in much more efficient flight. In a nutshell we have discovered what Archaeopteryx lithographica evolved into -- i.e. a more advanced bird, better adapted to flying -- and we have described this as a new species of Archaeopteryx."
 

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181025151820.htm

Researchers have identified a new species of Archaeopteryx that is closer to modern birds in evolutionary terms.

Known as the 'Icon of Evolution' and 'the missing link' between dinosaurs and birds, Archaeopteryx has become one of the most famous fossil discoveries in Palaeontology.

Now, as part of an international team of scientists, researchers at The University of Manchester have identified a new species of Archaeopteryx that is closer to modern birds in evolutionary terms.
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The 12 known specimens of Archaeopteryx were studied using 3-D X-ray technology. Specimen ''number 8" is physically much closer to a modern bird than it is to a reptile. Therefore, it is evolutionary distinctive and different enough to be described as a new species -- Archaeopteryx albersdoerferi.

"By digitally dissecting the fossil we found that this specimen differed from all of the others. It possessed skeletal adaptations which would have resulted in much more efficient flight. In a nutshell we have discovered what Archaeopteryx lithographica evolved into -- i.e. a more advanced bird, better adapted to flying -- and we have described this as a new species of Archaeopteryx."

Sounds like a ‘trasnsitional fossil’.

But somehow, it won’t kill that creationist argument.
 

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Sounds like a ‘trasnsitional fossil’.

But somehow, it won’t kill that creationist argument.

Creationists live in their own bubble of alternate reality. It is, after all, a lot less of a strain to accept the Genesis version of creation as literal truth than to study the vast number of transitional forms found in the fossil record.
 
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Sounds like a ‘trasnsitional fossil’.

But somehow, it won’t kill that creationist argument.

Creationists live in their own bubble of alternate reality. It is, after all, a lot less of a strain to accept the Genesis version of creation as literal truth than to study the vast number of transitional forms found in the fossil record.

To a creationist all this kind of discovery does is create two more missing links. :)
 
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