'First bird' prepared for Japan show
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'First bird' prepared for Japan show

One of the true "rock stars" of the fossil world is going on tour for the first time.

London's Natural History Museum is sending its specimen of Archaeopteryx - the so-called "first bird" - to Japan.

It is travelling to Asia with nearly 300 other treasures from the South Kensington institution's collections.

The limestone slabs that contain the bones of this pivotal creature on the evolutionary line from dinosaurs to birds are considered priceless.

The NHM's head of conservation, Lorraine Cornish, showed the specimen to our science correspondent Jonathan Amos.