On August 15th 1861, Hermann von Meyer gave a first account of a fossil feather find in the Solnhofen limestone. He later named it Archaeopteryx lithographica. The discovery was a sensation – a bird’s feather 150 million years old. When the skeleton was subsequently found it became clear that the fossil was far more than just a feather: it heralded a revolution in science.
Up to this day, it has remained the only and the oldest single feather from the Jurassic period. Even the finest barbules are clearly visible, making it a unique study object. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of its find, the original Archaeopteryx feather was on public display for the first time during the "Feathered Flight" exhibition in 2011-2012.