Archaeopteryx – birds from dinosaurs

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Model of Archaeopteryx.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

Cast of Archaeopteryx.
Source: Museum Victoria

Jurassic

HOW BIG IT WAS

Archaeopteryx relative size depiction as described below
Archaeopteryx was approximately 50 cm long.

Birds evolved from a group of small theropod dinosaurs. Fossils of animals intermediate between birds and dinosaurs like Archaeopteryx show a combination of features from both groups. Archaeopteryx lived about 150 million years ago. It had a bony tail, a toothed jaw like a dinosaur and a wishbone like a bird. This reconstruction shows what it might have looked like.

A fossil of Archaeopteryx discovered in 1861 gave important support to the theory of evolution, as an example of an intermediate form between dinosaurs and birds.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Archaeopteryx map

This fossil of Archaeopteryx was discovered in Germany.

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Other objects from the Jurassic

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