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archaeopteryx

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n archaeopteryx extinct primitive toothed bird of the Jurassic period having a long feathered tail and hollow bones; usually considered the most primitive of all birds
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Archaeopteryx ār-kē-op′tėr-iks the oldest known fossil bird, found in the Jurassic limestone of Bavaria, having a long bony tail of twenty vertebræ.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. archaios, ancient, pteryx, wing.

Usage

In literature:

The birds we described (after the Archaeopteryx) also belong to the Cretaceous, and they form another of the doomed races.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Feathered Archaeopteryx of the Oolite.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
The embryos of birds have a long tail containing almost or quite as many vertebrae as that of archaeopteryx.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
It is in this matter that the famous Archaeopteryx plays an important part.
"At the Deathbed of Darwinism" by Eberhard Dennert
The Archaeopteryx lives there.
"Dick, Marjorie and Fidge" by G. E. Farrow
For the old Bird Archaeopteryx has three such clawed digits, but no wing finger.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
Do you know what an archaeopteryx is?
"Daddy Long-Legs" by Jean Webster
Primaeval griffin (Archaeopteryx); 59.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
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In news:

70 million years ago, Archaeopteryx had a full beak of teeth.
Archaeopteryx lived about 150 million years ago in what is now Bavaria in Germany.
But new reconstructions of Archaeopteryx and its kin suggest quite different feather arrangements on their wings with profound implications for the evolution of flight.
Paleontologists Determine the 150-Million-Year-Old Archaeopteryx Might Not Have Been Ancestor to Today's Finches and Doves.
Last week I wrote about the Urvogel Feather of Archaeopteryx lithographica, the oldest feather ever found.
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