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Re: Archaeopteryx the Jurassic magpie?

Ian Paulsen wrote:

I think that the magpie would be a good modern day model for Archie behavior wise, any comments?>

Members of the Corvidae in general have been suggested by many people as modern analogs for Archie. This is speculation, of course, apparently based mostly on similarities in overall size and wing aspect ratios and the lack of evidence of gastroliths in Archie (suggesting it may have been a meat eater, like the Corvids). It probably couldn't fly as well as crows and magpies, though, so it's lifestyle had to be somewhat different in that respect. If gastroliths are found in some future specimen of Archie, however, this might suggest a different diet as well.