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Definition of archaeopteryx

: a primitive crow-sized bird (genus Archaeopteryx) of the Upper Jurassic period of Europe having reptilian characteristics (such as teeth and a long bony tail)

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Recent Examples on the Web The fossil was discovered in the Solnhofen limestones in Bavaria, Germany, famous for the discovery of the first archaeopteryx and other shark and ray skeletons. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 18 Jan. 2021 Separately in October, researchers declared that the first-ever dinosaur feather discovered does indeed belong to the archaeopteryx, putting an end to a controversy that has waged within the scientific community for more than 100 years. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 17 Dec. 2020 Hoatzins are loud, conspicuous, freaky-looking, fairly common birds best known for having chicks with claws on their wings like archaeopteryx. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 For decades, paleontologists’ only fossil link between birds and dinosaurs was archaeopteryx, a hybrid creature with feathered wings but with the teeth and long bony tail of a dinosaur. Quanta Magazine, 2 June 2015 Some coelurosaurs started shrinking as far back as 200 million years ago — 50 million years before archaeopteryx emerged. Quanta Magazine, 2 June 2015 The highlight was the center’s most valuable display: a fossilized archaeopteryx from some 150 million years ago, one of 10 in the world (the others are all in Europe). Rachel Walker, idahostatesman, 12 May 2017 However, as a gesture of goodwill, Atheist Santa will leave your child with a set of wooden periodic-table blocks and a scale model of archaeopteryx. Lore Sjöberg, WIRED, 18 Dec. 2007 A birdlike creature that had teeth, a tail and wings, the archaeopteryx is roughly the size of a crow. Rachel Walker, idahostatesman, 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of archaeopteryx

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archaeopteryx

New Latin, from archae- + Greek pteryx wing; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather

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“Archaeopteryx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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