The Archaeopteryx ,MMDIN7037 Mini Plate measures 4.25X5.75 or 112X148mm $14.99 cast resin display piece. sculpture by Zach Corker
Archaeopteryx, meaning “first wing” (sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel (“original bird” or “first bird”)), is a genus of bird-like dinosaurs. It’s considered a transitional species between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.
It had been generally accepted by paleontologists and popular reference books as the oldest known bird.
This most primitive of all birds lived in the Late Jurassic around 150 million years ago, in what is now southern Germany. It exhisted during a time when Europe was an archipelago of islands in a shallow warm tropical sea, much closer to the equator than it is now.
The largest species of Archaeopteryx could grow to about 0.5 m (1 ft 8 in) in length. Despite their small size, broad wings, and inferred ability to fly or glide, Archaeopteryx had more in common with other small Mesozoic dinosaurs than with modern birds.
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