Blackwell Publishing
Precambrian Paleozoic Mesozoic Cainozoic
Triassic 248 MYRBP Jurassic 213 MYRBP Cretaceous 144 MYRBP

This remarkable fossil provides an insight into the origin of birds. It was found in stone of Upper Jurassic age. Feathers and wings are visible: it was named Archaeopteryx, which means "ancient feathers".

Many authors believe that Archaeopteryx evolved from fast running predatory dinosaurs like the Velociraptor, made famous in the film "Jurassic Park".

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