Today we learn that London’s Natural History Museum is sending one of its most delicate fossil specimens of Archaeopteryx, the so-called ‘first bird’ on a global tour starting in Japan.
Accompanying the bird will be animals that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection, a lion from the royal menagerie and an exquisite glass model of an octopus.
The museum will share the world-leading collection’s most extraordinary items internationally for the first time. The tour debuts
with a three-month run at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, from the 18th March 2017.
Research published in the journal Nature Communications revealed that, according to palaeontologists, dinosaurs living 160 years ago had drumstick shaped legs much like living birds providing the ‘Best ever’ view of what a dinosaur really looked like.
Our blog below highlights the Earliest evidence of life on Earth ‘found’ with comment from Dr Alex Mitlehner, Geoscience course director at Greene’s Tutorial College, Oxford and former researcher at UCL with a publications record in the field of microfossils. You can meet him at the Greene’s Geoscience Open Day, University College, Oxford Sunday 19th March.