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Photo: first known bird - Archaeopteryx
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The author of this image is Michael Reeve, 30 May 2004.
Model of Archaeopteryx lithographica in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Archaeopteryx was the earliest and most primitive known bird to date. It lived in the late
Jurassic Period around 155-150 million years ago in what is now southern Germany.