What is the Jurassic period? Cretaceous period came up next after theJurassic.
Meet the Archaeopteryx The Archaeopteryx is the earliest known bird considered to be a possible link between reptiles and birds. Paleontologists are debating if this bird could fly or have merely glided from tree to tree. It ate mammals, lizards, insects, and fish. Its size was 14 inches long. It lived in Germany 150 million years ago. It ran, leaped, glided, and flapped. In any event it actually seems, that it was not a strong flier.
Outside look of the bodyhttp://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinos/Archaeopteryx.shtmlThese are characteristics of today’s birds that the Archaeopteryx had.
The Archaeopteryx skeletonhttp://www.factmonster.com/dk/science/dinosaurs/the-bird-connection.html This is the Archaeopteryx skeleton.
Meet the Dilophosaurus It was speedy and slender. It walked on two muscular legs. The Dilophosaurus lived in the early Jurassic period. It lived in Arizona ( in USA). It was a carnivore. The Dilophosaurus was 20ft long. It lived in deserts.
Meet the Brachiosaurus It is one of the biggest land animals found. The name means arm lizard. It lived in the late Jurassic. The Brachiosaurus lived in Colorado and Tanzania. It is 82ft long and 52 feet high. It was a herbivore. The front feet had a claw on the first toe and the hind limbs had claws on the first three toes.
Meet the Stegosaurus Stegosaurus means armored roofed lizard. Its fore limbs had five toes and its hind limbs had three toes. It lived in the late Jurassic period. The Stegosaurus lived in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. It was a herbivore. It was 25ft long. Paleontologists believe that the plates on a Stegosaurus control the body temperature or used for display.