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Archaeopteryx lithographica by saramarconato Archaeopteryx lithographica by saramarconato
Drawn for a Paleontology presentation...I choose to represent it accurately on last scientific discoveries, but to make an original version. Enjoy it!
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FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Archaeopteryx was actually black, but, nice sketch anyway!
saramarconato Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Valia :) I am a Paleontology student and I made it for a University presentation. Yes, Archaeopteryx fossil feathers have melanosomes, body cells that bring dark color, but we can't say with security they are sure black. Melanosomes could give dark brown, too. We have also to consider that modern birds have different types of cromatophores that bring color and they play with light reflection. They could have been present in Archaeopteryx and they could have lightened the dark color. At the end, scientific community is still debating about it and everybody has his ideas. 
I choose to be faithful to scientific research, but that does not imply to be schematic. I thought about a dark color, brown, which is dark and real common in modern birds. This is the choice I did, after reading scientific articles and materials for the presentation. I think this is the more probable colour of Archaeopteryx, but it could have been black, of course. Some other paleoartists made it with some or total white feathers :D But for me that is improbable. I wish I had answered completely to your critique and I had totally explained my choices. If you want, send me a note. Thank you: I am pleased you like it :) 
FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, a new study on a separate feather of (probably) Archaeopteryx. Sp, showed that it was actually pitch black.
About the body feathers... well, that's pretty much unknown (we just know that it had a dark coloration), however, its secondaries were black for sure. (At least on that species)
(Remember, there have been many specimens of many different species. A.sp (probably) possessed a dark coloration, while A.Lithographica possessed a dark upper side of the body and a brightly colored underside of the body.
Actually, all specimens showed different variations of colors. They were probably something like pigeons. Each species had a different color variation, which was a mix of black-(speculative: grey-brown) and white. (So, individuals of the same species may have looked differently as well)
Also, about the tail.
I think you made it kinda shorter and missed its fuzzy start. There shouldn't be a gap between the tail feathers and the legs…

i didn't know much about Archie's color and anatomy back then, so i just made a very fast conclusion. Sorry about that :) i was stupid back then XD
At least i know more about it now...
saramarconato Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't say yourself are stupid, please! Nobody born learned ;) The important is to be always curious and, if something is wrong, check it. We could discuss that topic forever (and scientists are still discussing): the definitive solution would be taking time machine, returning in Solnhofen during Jurassic time and having a look to Archaeopteryxes :) But that of course is not possible (for the moment)...Thank you for added me on your Deviantwatch :) See you soon...Kalispèra :D
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