Archaeopteryx: Definition, Facts & Characteristics


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Which group of dinosaurs is considered to be the direct ancestors of birds?

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1. What structure allows scientists to hypothesize that Archaeopteryx was black?

2. The first creature that had feathers was believed to be a/an _____ .

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What did the Archaeopterx look like? What are the characteristics of modern feathers? These are just some of the facts you'll need to know when you measure your understanding of these dinosaurs with this quiz/worksheet assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

On this quiz, you will be expected to:

  • Name the group of dinosaurs directly related to birds
  • Identify the structure that leads to the hypothesis that Archaeopteryx was black
  • Know the first creature believed to have had feathers
  • List the structures of an Archaeopteryx
  • Define the word 'pennaceous'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the structures of an Archaeopteryx
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define 'pennaceous'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which dinosaurs were related to birds

Additional Learning

Dig up more information about this creature by using the lesson titled Archaeopteryx: Definition, Facts & Characteristics. Information discussed in this lesson includes:

  • Where the first specimen of Archaeopteryx was found
  • In what ways the structure of Coelurosauria compares to birds
  • How Archaeopteryx compared to the birds of today
  • What instrument was used to study an Archaeopteryx feather to determine its probable color