Archaeopteryx Skeleton CAST (Berlin Specimen)
This is a museum-grade cast of Archaeopteryx, one of the most important fossils ever discovered.
At the time of discovery, archaeopteryx was the first clear candidate of a transitional fossil between non-avian dinosaurs and birds. Between the late 19th century and early 21st century, it held the title as the oldest known bird - dating back to the Late Jurassic (~150 million years ago).
It has, and continues to play, an important role in the study of the origin of birds and the evolutionary journey of the dinosaurs.
This cast is originally from the Berlin Specimen, discovered in 1874-1875 at the Blumenberg quarry near Eichstätt, Germany by a farmer named Jakob Niemeyer. He sold it a year later to raise money to purchase a cow, and it eventually wound up in the Natural History Museum of Berlin.
Besides the historic importance, the fossil is remarkable for the well preserved feathers and skeletal structure.
This cast measures 17.75" x 14.5" and can be shipped worldwide.