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phylum Chordata Archaeopteryx is a genus of early bird that is transitional between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. Archaeopteryx lived in the Late Jurassic period around 150 million years ago, in what is now southern Germany 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. Similar in shape to a European Magpie, with the largest individuals possibly attaining the size of a raven, Archaeopteryx could grow to about 0.5 m (1 ft 8 in) in length.

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clade Diapsida
clade Avialae
family †Archaeopterygidae
genus †Archaeopteryx
species †A. lithographica
Temporal range Late Jurassic