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New Evidence Suggests Jurassic age feather belongs to Dinosaur - not hitherto unknown bird species

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A fossilised feather discovered in Germany in 1861, which was previously thought to belong to an unknown prehistoric bird has been now confirmed to be a feather from the dinosaur Archaeopteryx. This research debunks the earlier study from last year which proclaimed that the feather did not belong to Archaeopteryx but some unknown prehistoric bird-like creature. This Jurassic age feather resembles the primary coverts (primary coverts overlay the primary feathers and help propel birds through the air ) of Archaeopteryx. Researchers examined 13 known skeletal fossils of the Archaeopteryx and confirmed similarities. Furthermore, four Archaeopteryx fossils were found near the site of the discovery of this feather.