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Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx (/ˌɑːrkˈɒptərɪks/), meaning "first wing" (sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel ("original bird" or "first bird")), is a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. The name derives from the ancient Greek (archaīos) meaning "ancient", and (ptéryx), meaning "feather" or "wing". Between the late nineteenth century and the early twenty-first century, Archaeopteryx had been generally accepted by palaeontologists and popular reference books as the oldest known bird (member of the group Avialae). Older potential avialans have since been identified, including Anchiornis, Xiaotingia, and Aurornis.

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A video about a paper talking about the supposed "first bird"--which wasn't a bird at all.

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