Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx

October 14, 2017 – April 8, 2018

Archaeopteryx (“Ark-ee-op-ter-icks”) lived 150 million years ago and is one of the most famous—and arguably, most beautiful— fossils in the world. First discovered in 1861, this genus plays an important role in our understanding of the origin of birds and the origins of flight. Only 12 specimens have been found to date, all of which come from southern Germany.

While Archaeopteryx, whose name means “ancient wing,” shared some characteristics with living birds, it displayed intriguing differences, too. Like birds, it had feathers along its arms and tail and lightweight bones. However, it also possessed teeth, clawed fingers and a long, bony tail! Furthermore, many of Archaeopteryx’s bones were not fused or reduced as they are in living birds. Based on these features, scientists recognized it as an intermediate between birds and reptiles.

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx merges art and science to explore the bridge between dinosaurs and birds. Vivid renditions by six acclaimed paleo-artists from around the world give a glimpse into the world of Archaeopteryx and its Jurassic ecosystem. The exhibition features over 50 pieces of original artworks, murals and sculptures. A collection of real fossils, video interviews and hands-on activities will bring science to life.

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With support from Central Oregon Radiology Associates, P.C. and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation