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umbrella liverwort

NATURE’S DESIGN  The female reproductive structures of the umbrella liverwort, shown here, capture sperm-filled water droplets under their fronds.  

The Munich Specimen

ANALYZING ARCHAEOPTERYX  Researchers mounted the block of limestone with the Archaeopteryx fossil known as “The Munich Specimen” to analyze its wing bones. The examination suggests the ancient dino-bird flapped its wings while flying.

fossil of extinct bird called Enantiornithes

TINY FOSSIL  The breastbone of this fossilized ancient baby bird was still mostly cartilage, rather than bone, when the bird died, meaning it wouldn’t yet have been able to fly, an analysis suggests.

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