Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx

Pronunciation:
ark-ee-OPT-er-ix
Name meaning:
'ancient wing'
Archaeopteryx
small theropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
small theropod
Length:
0.5m
Diet:
carnivorous carnivorous food icon
Teeth:
many small conical (cone-like) teeth in the upper jaw
Food:
may have eaten small reptiles, mammals or insects
How it moved:
on 2 legs and by flying
When it lived:
Late Jurassic, 147 million years ago
Found in:
Germany

Archaeopteryx lived at the end of the Jurassic period. By the Late Cretaceous, 70 million years later, true birds had evolved.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptoria, Avialae, Archaeopterygidae
Named by:
Mayer (1861)
Type species:
lithographica

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