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    Why are archaeopetryx fossils important

    Hi,
    As the title suggest can anyone explain why archaeopteryx fossil are important in shaping our understanding of the origin of life and the processes in the evolution of living things
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    Re: Why are archaeopetryx fossils important

    It's because it is a transitional fossil between dinosaurs and modern birds. It has avian features such a wishbone and reptilian features.
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    Re: Why are archaeopetryx fossils important

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    It's because it is a transitional fossil between dinosaurs and modern birds. It has avian features such a wishbone and reptilian features.
    Expanding on this the reptilian features are claws, teeth, long tail. The bird features are wishbone and feathers.
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    Re: Why are archaeopetryx fossils important

    Thanks for reply so fast, I will add your information in my notes

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    Re: Why are archaeopetryx fossils important

    Quote Originally Posted by highshill View Post
    Thanks for reply so fast, I will add your information in my notes
    The archaeopteryx is part of the HSC course too for transitional fossils showcasing evolution, so it's good that you know it now.
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    Re: Why are archaeopetryx fossils important

    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu975 View Post
    The archaeopteryx is part of the HSC course too for transitional fossils showcasing evolution, so it's good that you know it now.
    Thanks for the advice

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    Re: Why are archaeopetryx fossils important

    I think it also shows there being a common ancestor between reptiles and birds, which provides evidence for evolution from a single original organism.

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