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Is It a Bird or a Dinosaur?

Archaeopteryx

Is it a bird? Is it a dinosaur? The exact position of Archaeopteryx in the evolutionary tree remains debated. Main Illustration by Nobumichi Tamura. Inset photo by Michael Lee

By Michael Lee

As a new specimen of Archaeopteryx is unveiled, scientists argue whether this famous creature is a true bird or just another bird-like dinosaur.

Michael Lee is senior research scientist at the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide.

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