National Geographic : 1942 Feb
Von Hauff From a Bavarian Stone Quarry Came This Ancestor of the Crocodiles The length of the skeleton, 13 feet, is almost equaled by that of its scientific name, Mystriosaurus bollensis.Another Bavarian quarry has revealed much of our knowledge of prehistoric birds. A trace of the earliest of these, Archaeopteryx (Plate VIII) came with the finding oftheimprint ofasingle feather inAugust, 1861. A month later an entire specimen turned up, and in 1877 a second was found. The forerunners of both the crocodile and thebirds lived intheJurassic Period, about 150 million years ago (page 148).