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Location
 Germany
 150 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 130% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 7x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 3C above modern level

Mesozoic Earth - A feathered Archaeopteryx protects its territory 150 million years ago in what is today southern Germany; beach; sea shells; sand - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Jurassic
   Epoch: Late
    Age: Kimmeridgian

     
 

Archaeopteryx defending

A feathered dinosaur theropod of the genus Archaeopteryx protects its territory 150 million years ago in what is today southern Germany.

About the size of a modern European Magpie, Archaeopteryx is the earliest known example of a fully feathered dinosaur. Despite its resemblance to birds, Archaeopteryx has more in common with other dinosaurs such as dromaeosaurs and troodontids, especially in regard to its clawed arms and tiny teeth. The highly evolved feathers may have permitted Archaeopteryx to glide short distances, however it's unlikely Archaeopteryx could fly like a bird.

During the Late Jurassic Europe was a dry, tropical archipelago. In this image Archaeopteryx is depicted near the shore of the Tethys Sea.

 

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