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The oldest known fossil bird, of the late Jurassic period. It had feathers, wings, and hollow bones like a bird, but teeth, a bony tail, and legs like a small coelurosaur dinosaur.
- ‘An archaeopteryx, feathers and all, spreads its wings as you open one page; a lumbering ankylosaur rises from the folds of another, its spiny tail raised threateningly.’
- ‘The first bird, archaeopteryx, is thought to have evolved about 147m years ago.’
- ‘The findings could finally end a debate that has raged ever since the first archaeopteryx fossil was discovered in a German limestone quarry two years after Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species in 1859.’
- ‘One of them in Britain might be archaeopteryx, the bird-like creature with teeth and other reptilian features.’
- ‘One would expect birds older than archaeopteryx to be much more reptile-like, but they are much like modern birds.’
From archaeo- ‘ancient’ + Greek pterux ‘wing’.
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