Dinosaur characteristics

Archaeopteryx has many skeletal features in common with small meat-eating dinosaurs such as Deinonychus and Velociraptor. Among them are

  • Lightly- built skeleton
  • Teeth with serrated edges and interdental plates
  • Very long arms and hands
  • Half moon-shaped bone in the wrist
  • Three fingers ending in claws
  • Long bony tail
  • Long legs