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Scientific name Archaeopteryx lithographica
Selling price 1,300 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Archaeopteryx is a standalone fossil that can be donated to the museum in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

"I must salute this find! A fossil in such fine condition is rare, indeed! Archaeopteryx had wings and looked almost exactly like a modern bird, eh wot? As such, most scientists believed it was the true avian ancestor. Our most recent studies, however, conclude that the lineage is not direct. Current hypotheses point to multiple ancestors, some yet to be discovered. Ah! Sorry for running on! This could be one of my ancient relatives, wot!"

In City Folk[edit]

"Hoo, what a wondrous find! Such perfect condition! Archaeopteryx's feathers... led many people to believe it was the progenitor of the birds, eh wot? Sadly, further evidence indicates it's likely not a direct relation... The current thinking is that we had other ancestors. Different grand-Blathers for me, wot wot! To be honest, there are almost as many theories as fossils for this beastie. It's quite a riddle!"

In New Leaf[edit]

"The archaeopteryx is considered a close relative to the ancestors of modern birds. Despite the similarities, its teeth and three-clawed hands contained marked differences. As its bones were hollow to keep its body lighter and allow for flight, fossils rarely survive."

As a furniture item[edit]

Name HRA Points Feng Shui Size (sq)
Archaeopteryx 300 Brown (x2) 1

Further information[edit]

The Archaeopteryx fossil in the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Wing imprints can be seen.
The Archaeopteryx fossil in the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Wing imprints can be seen.

Archaeopteryx is a primitive bird that lived during the Late Jurassic, approximately 150 million years ago, in what is now southern Germany. Eleven fossils have been discovered to date, featuring feather impressions (the first fossil was actually of a single feather), sharp teeth, and three clawed fingers. Whether the feathers were meant for insulation or flight is under contentious debate, though CT scans show that Archaeopteryx did have the proper neural structures needed for flight. The limestone that all specimens were unearthed from suggest that Archaeopteryx lived on islands surrounding a lagoon, enduring long dry seasons, and living amongst other creatures such as pterosaurs, turkey-sized carnivorous dinosaurs, another genus of early bird, ray-finned fish, lizards, and many insects. Cycads and conifers, though scarce, made up the flora of the lagoon. Archaeopteryx could grow up to 50 cm in body length.