Aaron the Archaeopteryx

The Binosaur (Bird+Dinosaur)

By: Divya B T3 Science

Aaron is thought to be the first “bird” on Earth. Scientists think of him as the transition between dinosaurs and birds. Most likely, it lived around an area of a coral lagoon. He lived during the Jurassic Period, about 144-159 million years ago. Aaron lived in current day Germany, which is where he was first discovered (to be specific, Eichstatt, Germany).

He was a carnivorous bird. Although he may be the first “bird”, he was a lot different than his great great grandchildren (birds). For instance, he had three claws on each wing, most likely to grab its prey. It had large teeth, a flat breastbone, belly ribs, and a long, bony tail (what many dinosaurs had at the time). Like modern-day birds, he had feathers, a weak, nimble body with hollow bones, a wishbone, and small fingers. The archaeopteryx was around the same size as a raven. His wingspan was also around 1.5 feet long. He glided more than flying in the air. Its fossils were found by Hermann von Meyer in 1861. Its closest relative from that time was the Saurischia. Yey, this dinosaur looked nothing like the archaeopteryx. His relatives must have been so proud of him. 'Twas a great creature, the Archaeopteryx. The archaeopteryx were an incredible species. May they rest in peace. His relatives must have been so proud of him. 'Twas a great creature, we all love you and miss you, Aaron.

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