Definition of Archaeornithes
1. Noun. Primitive reptile-like fossil birds of the Jurassic or early Cretaceous.
Group relationships: Aves, Class Aves
Member holonyms: Genus Archaeopteryx, Genus Archeopteryx, Genus Sinornis, Genus Ibero-mesornis, Genus Archaeornis
Generic synonyms: Class
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Archaeornithes
Literary usage of Archaeornithes
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederick Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1899)
"Of the points of distinction between the Neornithes and the Archaeornithes the most important are that the metacarpals are fused together, the second digit ..."
2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"... when taken together, although they are not always those upon which the classification has been established:— CLASS AVES I. Sub-class Archaeornithes. ..."
3. Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich by Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Zürich (1856)
"BOHLIN, B., 1947: The Wing in the Archaeornithes. Zool. Bidr. Uppsala, 25. ... Beitrag zur Osteologie der Archaeornithes. Genf. ..."