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Archaeopteryx (Ancient Wing)
Archaeopteryx, as we shall see, is thought to be a transitional fossil between birds and dinosaurs by some, and the debate surrounding the issue is one of the more heated and talked about debates in paleontology these days. As one of the most highly studied of dinosaurs, or birds, or dino-birds, or neither, Archaeopteryx is a virtual wealth of knowledge and the topic is bloated with opinions from nineteen different angles including that the original fossils were a hoax and a forgery. However, we shall attempt to see all the angles that we possibly can and discuss them without ridiculing any side, which may seem very difficult when we look at all the opinions, because there are some extreme opinions surrounding this ancient feathered animal.