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Archaeopteryx lithographica Meyer 1861 (bird)

Reptilia - Avetheropoda

PaleoDB taxon number: 55487

Alternative combination: Archeopteryx lithographica

Synonyms: Archaeopteryx bavarica Wellnhofer 1993 (no. 64362), Archaeopteryx macroura Owen 1862 (no. 260259), Archaeopteryx macrura Owen 1862 (no. 203080), Archaeopteryx oweni Petronievics 1921 (no. 68527), Archaeopteryx recurva Howgate 1984 (no. 67507), Archaeopteryx siemensi Dames 1897 (no. 132130), Archaeopteryx siemensii Dames 1897 (no. 68526), Archaeornis siemensi Dames 1897 (no. 67504), Archaeornis siemensii Dames 1897 (no. 68524), Archeopteryx macrurus Owen 1862 (no. 68528), Griphosaurus problematicus Woodward 1862 (no. 68525), Jurapteryx recurva Howgate 1984 (no. 67508), Pterodactylus crassipes Meyer 1857 (no. 137495), Wellnhoferia grandis Elzanowski 2001 (no. 68522)

Full reference: H. v. Meyer. 1861. [Die Feder von Solenhofen] [The feather of Solnhofen]. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geognosie, Geologie und Petrefakten-Kunde 1861:678-679

Belongs to Archaeopteryx according to S. Zhou et al. 2013

Sister taxon: Archaeopteryx albersdoerferi

Type specimens:

  • Archaeopteryx lithographica: feather, an other (feather)
  • Archaeopteryx bavarica:
  • Archaeopteryx macrura: BMNH 37001 (London Specimen), a skeleton (complete skeleton with feathers and digestive contents). Its type locality is Langenaltheim quarry, which is in a Tithonian lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal limestone in the Solnhofen Formation of Germany.
  • Archaeopteryx oweni:
  • Archaeornis siemensii: HMN 1880 (Berlin specimen), a skeleton (complete skeleton with feathers). Its type locality is Blumenberg quarry, Eichstätt, which is in a Tithonian lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal lime mudstone in the Solnhofen Formation of Germany.
  • Griphosaurus problematicus:
  • Jurapteryx recurva: Its type locality is Workerszell, Eichstätt, which is in a Tithonian lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal limestone in the Solnhofen Formation of Germany.
  • Pterodactylus crassipes: Teyler Museum 6928 and 6929, a partial skeleton (partial skeleton with left manus, gastralia, both femora, pubes, tibiae, fibulae, and wing feather impressions). Its type locality is Jachenhausen quarry, Kelheim, which is in a Tithonian lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal limestone in the Solnhofen Formation of Germany.
  • Wellnhoferia grandis: BSP 1999, a skeleton (nearly complete skeleton missing portions of the neck, tail, backbone, and head). Its type locality is Altmühl Valley Archaeopteryx (6th specimen), which is in a Tithonian lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal lime mudstone in the Solnhofen Formation of Germany.

Ecology: volant piscivore-insectivore