Archaeopteryx (/ ˌ ɑːr k iː ˈ ɒ p t ər ɪ k s /), meaning "old wing" (sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel ("original bird" or "first bird")), is a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.The name derives from the ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος (archaīos) meaning "ancient", and πτέρυξ (ptéryx...
On the face of it, Archaeopteryx wasn't much different from any other feathered dinosaur of the Mesozoic Era: a small, sharp-toothed, two-legged, barely airworthy "dino-bird" that feasted on bugs and small lizards.Thanks to a conflux of historical circumstance, though, for the last century or so Archaeopteryx has persisted in the public imagination as the first true bird, even though...
Archaeopteryx was an evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. Scientists long thought Archaeopteryx was the first bird, but recent discoveries have made them rethink that status.
The Archaeopteryx has a unique blend of avian (birdlike) and reptilian features. Like a bird, its body is covered in feathers starting at the neck. Its arms have much longer feathers, creating a set of primitive wings; its tail also features longer plumage, which it uses as an aid for balance. However, the similarities to birds end there.
Archaeopteryx: An Early Bird. Paleontology has helped us understand the unique evolutionary history of birds. A particulary important and still contentious discovery is Archaeopteryx lithographica, found in the Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of southern Germany, which is marked by rare but exceptionally well preserved fossils. Archaeopteryx is considered by many to be the first bird, being of ...
The fossilized bird known as Archaeopteryx has had quite a history of identity crises. Researchers once classified it as a "missing link" between dinosaurs and birds. It was considered to be an ancient bird, then changed to a dinosaur, and now it's supposed to be a bird again.
Archaeopteryx is a big word that simply means “ancient wing.” It refers to a set of fossils of a strange-looking extinct bird. Books promoting evolution often show pictures of Archaeopteryx.Its beak had small teeth, so many scientists see it as playing a lead role in an unthinkably long plot about reptiles evolving into birds.
An early prehistoric bird, the Archaeopteryx is believed to be the missing link between reptiles and birds. With its marked similarities to dinosaurs (also reptiles), the discovery of the fossilized remains of this early bird puts to rest the argument that birds appeared 'suddenly', without any evolutionary link.
Archaeopteryx is the single most famous transitional form in the fossil record, but this bird-like dinosaur (or dinosaur-like bird) has mystified generations of paleontologists, who continue to study its well-preserved fossils to tease out hints about its appearance, lifestyle, and metabolism. On the following slides, you'll discover 10 fascinating Archaeopteryx facts.
Archaeopteryx shared many anatomic characters with coelurosaurs, a group of theropods (carnivorous dinosaurs). In fact, only the identification of feathers on the first known specimens indicated that the animal was a bird. Unlike living birds, however, Archaeopteryx had well-developed teeth and a long well-developed tail similar to those of smaller dinosaurs, except that it had a row of ...