Anchiornis – here’s a good one!


I don’t know how I could have missed posting on Anchiornis huxleyi at some point in the past couple of years, but better late than never.  If we assume about 150 million years ago as the earliest appearance of Archaeopteryx, Anchiornis  pushes that basal bird ancestry back further, to at least 160 million years.

Do you know what else is cool about it?  Analysis of microscopic details in the feather fossils indicate that Matt Martyniuk’s artwork below faithfully represents both the coloring and pattern of this little feathered dinosaur!

Anchiornis huxleyi, by Matt Martyniuk

Anchiornis huxleyi, by Matt Martyniuk

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