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Inside the First Bird, Surprising Signs of a Dinosaur


October 8, 2009

slab of the Munich Archaeopteryx The raptor-like Archaeopteryx has long been viewed as the archetypal first bird, but new research reveals that it was actually a lot less "bird-like" than scientists had believed. Full Story

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