From the Greek for “Old Wing,” Archaeopteryx was a genus of bird-like dinosaur that lived in the late Jurassic (about 150 million years ago) and was a transitional genus between the feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. The holotype of this fossil was found in southern Germany, but in the late Jurassic that part of the world was an archipelago in a shallow and warm tropical sea. As recently as 2018, there is still discussion about how Archaeopteryx flew—could it flap? Was it more of a glider? Scientists are still debating aspects of its skeletal structure that inform the answer to this question.

Evelyn Busch, MA

Collections Manager of Education Collections, Health Sciences and Scientific Instruments

Colleen Carter

Assistant Collections Manager of Education Collections and Health Sciences

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