A Poem by Norman223

Simply rhyme - or reason





Archaeopteryx is shown

Fossilized in soft sandstone

Did this early bird a- catching worm a-

 -Light on terra not so firma.


© 2018 Norman223

Author's Note

Often considered to be the first true bird, Archaeopteryx was something far more complex: a tiny dinosaur with distinctly bird-like characteristics.

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Archaeopteryx is a genus of bird like dianasours & was believed to be a 'connecting link between aves and reptiles' since it had the properties of both, birds and reptiles.While the presence of beak was an avian character, the bony tail was a peculiar character of reptiles.Also, the jaw with sharp teeth, three fingers with claws, etc were some reptilian characters they showed.
It is now that that fossil of Archaeopteryx is used for study of evotionary characters in animals, as it was the first 'true- winged bird' known, which led to the idea that that Reptiles were ancestors of birds.It is one of the most popularly discussed fossils among the scientists as well as paleontologist even today!

I've never witnessed the fossil of it actually, but the title of your poem and your explanation here on the same, certainly reminded me of all the interesting facts I had studied about it when I was a school kid, and the picture of the fossil here, I remember was the same I had in my schoolbook then :)

Thankyou for sharing this lovely poem with us, uncle Norm! I enjoyed this piece thoroughly.😊

Happy Writing!

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1 Week Ago

Thank you Saumaya. As I used to work at the London Natural History Museum for about 20 years, I pho.. read more
Nice ekphrastic poem. terra prisca. I believe I can see his teeth in the picture :)

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


2 Weeks Ago

Unfortunately for "Archie", however, mollis luto was probably the cause of his present condition. <.. read more
This is brilliant! You have always been a wealth of intellectual curiosity, a trait I very much enjoy . . . but this time, you combined just the right tidbits of cerebral stimulation, along with a stunning piece of art to illustrate (I know it's a photo, but it's so artistic, with the way the light falls, etc.) The things you choose to put under your keen microscope of wit, to me, is a great example to show the younger writers on this website about how there's so much more in this world to focus on, rather than heartbreak & soulmates!!! *wink! wink!* You are a classic fossil, my friend (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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3 Weeks Ago

Now, now, Margie. Fossils are REALLY ancient. I'm only 87. Could you please not accelerate th.. read more
love dinosaurs...the pic and poem are perfect together...sometimes i feel like a fossil, too.

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1 Month Ago

Fossil! Never. Your mind is still too flexible to warrant that "accolade". My wife accuses me of b.. read more
You educate and entertain. What a stroke of good luck for us (but not for the Archaeopteryx) that we have this magnificent fossil!

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1 Month Ago

Thanks Samuel. Hopefully it may pique the curiosity of someone who has never heard of Archeoptery.. read more
Samuel Dickens

1 Month Ago

I can't say whether I've heard of it specifically, but am always interested in such things.

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Added on January 6, 2018
Last Updated on January 6, 2018



Essex UK, United Kingdom

At the age of 87, I use the challenge of writing, as an optimistic attempt to delay senility. I prefer humour, as while I can still laugh, I feel that I am keeping it at bay. more..

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