Translated from DPA news agency in Germany:
Oldest dinosaur feather in Europe discovered
Whether it belongs to a Archaeopteryx or a previously unknown feathered dinosaur is still unclear, the museum said on Tuesday in Stuttgart. A comparison with the feather, so far considered the oldest, of the Solnhofen Limestone Archaeopteryx, does not tell much, paleontologist Günther Schweigert daid. “Because that was a wing feather, and this one is a body feather.”
The new artifact comes from the Nusplinger – a true paradise for paleontologists. …
More than 350 different species of animals and plants from the Jurassic have already been found in the lagoon deposits.
So far, the feather of a Archaeopteryx from Solnhofen in Bavaria, found in 1861, was considered the world’s oldest. However, the chalk predominating in Swabia is about 500 000 years older than Solnhofen. Thus, the Swabian specimen is Europe’s oldest. Perhaps it is also the world’s oldest: only in the last few months, feathered dinosaurs have been found in China, said to be 158 million years old. “However, the data there are very incomplete”, Schweigert says.