Archaeopteryx

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Archaeopteryx

the earliest known fossil bird (genus Archaeopteryx) found in the Jurassic period about 140 million years BP. The bird is characterized by the presence of teeth in the jaws, claws on the wing and a tail containing vertebrae.
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The same can be said of birds with teeth, such as the quetzal and hoatzin of South America and their cousin, the archeopteryx.
It is called archeopteryx (from Greek words meaning "ancient wing").
The still-unnamed Chinese bird is about 10 million to 15 million years younger than the oldest known bird, Archeopteryx, and displays several flight features that the cros-sized Archeopteryx lacked.