Composed for the New York ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Archaeopteryx represents a brief five-minute segment in the life of a creature that flourished some 150 million years ago, during Earth’s Jurassic Period.
Found in the limestones of Solnhofen Germany in 1861, Archaeopteryx (early wing), was a major discovery for paleontology. Here was a small, raven-sized dinosaur, with wings.
Previously, it had been believed that birds showed up after the dinosaur extinction, roughly 65 million years ago. Radiometric dating put it into the the time of the dinosaurs.
One debate that ensued, did birds evolve directly from a line of dinosaurs, or was it from a parallel line of reptiles? The consensus today is yes, our feathered friends do carry within them, the heritage of the fiercest predators our planet has ever seen.