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12 Mar 2012

The First Bird - Archaeopteryx


Of all the "first" animals on this list, the standing of Archaeopteryx is the least secure. First, ss far as paleontologists can tell, birds evolved multiple times during the Mesozoic Era, and the odds are that all modern genera are descended not from the late Jurassic Archaeopteryx but the small, feathered dinosaurs of the ensuing Cretaceous period. And second, most experts will tell you that Archaeopteryx was closer to being a dinosaur than it was to being a bird--all of which hasn't prevented the public from bestowing it the title of "first bird."

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