The Missing Link
Archaeopteryx means ancient wings. Despite the presence of feathered wings that make it a prominent member of the avian family, one should not lose sight of its distinctly reptilian features. Unlike modern-day birds, it had teeth, a long bony tail, three claws on each wing, belly ribs, and a cartilaginous breastbone (sternum). However, besides the feathers for flight, it had a wishbone, reduced fingers, and a light body made of hollow bones, that made it more of a bird than a reptile.