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Archaeopteryx was one of the earliest known birds, living among the dinosaurs of the Jurassic period about one hundred and fifty million years ago. This small creature represents evolution 'caught in the act', having birdlike features (feathers) and reptilian traits (teeth and a bony tail).

Vital Statistics

Genus Name: Archaeopteryx ("ancient wing/feather")
Type Species: * A. lithographica (von Meyer, 1861)
Length: 1.5 feet (0.45 meter)
Weight: less than one pound (300-450 grams)
Time: 150 million years ago (Late Jurassic)
Place: Germany
Diet: meat-eater (carnivore)

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