The long-time group of birds, called Archaeopteryx, are not considered in the avian family but rather more related to the Deinonychosaurs, or Dinosaur family, according to a study written by paleontologist Dr. Xing Xu and his researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
Xu from Linyi University, a Chinese palaeontologist, who led the study that found one so-called fascinating dinosaur after another, identified a new species called Xiaotingia that he says threatens to oust Archaeopteryx from its position. Archaeopteryx, the legendary winged creature long known as the oldest and most primitive bird on Earth, may not have been a bird at all, Chinese scientists reveal.
Chinese scientists provided new analysis, proposing that the oldest bird in recorded history, the Archaeopteryx may be changing its family tree identity to be more like dinosaurs. The Archaeopteryx is recorded as a 150 million-year-old creature who possessed numerous bird like features. It has long stood as a foundation in scientist research about the origins of birds and its connection with theropods.