Archaeopteryx
porcupine

About

Scientific name: Archaeopteryx
Family: †Archaeopterygidae
Classification: Aves

Place of Origin: Solnhofen limestone in Bavaria, Southern Germany
Timeline: Archaeopteryx lived around 150 million years ago
Weight: 1.8 – 2.2 lbs
Body size: 20 inches
Top speed: 4.5 mph
Diet: Carnivore
Habitat: subtropical environment characterized by reef islands and lagoons set in a shallow sea that was part of the primordial Mediterranean.

Fun Facts

  • The Archaeopteryx was discovered between in 1860 by Hermann von Meyer in Solnhofen, Germany
  • Thought to be a transitional period for reptiles and birds. They were just as much dinosaur as bird
  • The name Archaeopteryx means: “Ancient Feather or Wing”.
  • Archaeopteryx lived in the early Tithonian age of the Late Jurassic epoch, around 150.8–148.5 million years ago.

Conservation Status

Extinct 

Annual Cost of Care

$500

Though the Archaeopteryx is extinct, by adopting this animal your donation will go toward providing for the daily cost of care for wildlife that lives at Aikman Wildlife Adventure.