Image: Archaeopteryx, fossil cast

Archaeopteryx, fossil cast

Archaeopteryx lithographica fossil cast.

Fran Dorey
© Australian Museum


Discovered in the 1860s, Archaeopteryx was the first fossil evidence linking birds to dinosaurs. It had feathers like modern birds and a skeleton with features like a small non-avian dinosaur. Although it is the earliest and most primitive bird known to date, it is not considered the common ancestor of all birds.

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