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archeopteryx

archeopteryx

See also: archaeopteryx, Archaeopteryx, and archæoptéryx

English

a model of an archæopteryx on display at the Natural History Museum of Geneva

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Noun

archeopteryx (plural archeopteryxes)

  1. A specimen of the species Archaeopteryx lithographica, being the earliest and most primitive known bird, representing a transition in the evolution of dinosaurs to birds.[1]
    • 1935, Zoological Society of London, Proceedings, page 758:
      Since Pterosaurians are triassic and the Archæopteryges jurassic we are justified in regarding the actual chronology of external integument in the geological strata as : first, scale ; second, hair ; and third, feather. This inspires us to make a wider appeal to geology in order to have a comprehensive sketch of the avian sequence.

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  1. 1 2 3 ‖archæopteryx” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]