What size was Archaeopteryx?
Article first published online: 15 MAY 2008
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
Volume 82, Issue 1-2, pages 177–188, September 1984
How to Cite
YALDEN, D. W. (1984), What size was Archaeopteryx?. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 82: 177–188. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.1984.tb00541.x
- Issue published online: 15 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 15 MAY 2008
- Received April 1983, accepted for publication July 1983
- Jurassic Aves;
The size (mass) of Archaeopteryx, primarily the Berlin specimen, has been estimated in two ways. A new three-dimensional reconstruction suggests a mass of no more than 271 g. Application of allometric equations derived from both birds and mammals to various linear dimensions yields a range of estimates from 112 to 2269 g, but all the more plausible estimates lie in the range 220–330 g.