So-called “missing links” between animal groups were deemed to be of great significance
because they supported Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Archaeopteryx fossils seemed
to provide a link between dinosaurs and birds but the evidence was far from straightforward.
In this superb book Chambers tells the entertaining and controversial history of
the Archaeopteryx fossils whose discovery in the 1860s sparked a scientific outrage
that has continued through to the present day.