Archaeopteryx is a feathered dinosaur that appears in Disney's Fantasia.
The Archaeopteryx is a dinosaur that already has some characteristics of the modern birds. It has pink feathers starting at its neck, which extends along its back, wings, and down to the very end of its tail.
An Archaeopteryx appears in The Rite of Spring segment of Fantasia. It is seen perched on a tree branch attacked by a Troodon. The Archaeopteryx is later watching the Tyrannosaurus rex battle it out with the Stegosaurus.
- In real life, Archaeopteryx is a dinosaur that has some features recognized in the modern birds. It is classified as a deinonychosaur, meaning that it is most closely related to Velociraptor and other Dromaeosaurs along with birds.
- In 2011, color was discerned in the feathers of Archaeopteryx by paleontologists through the examination of fossil pigments using an electron microscope and x-rays, making it one of the few dinosaurs for which color is actually known. Other dinosaurs for which color is known to include three or four species from China. Thus, it was shown that Archaeopteryx's true color was differing shades of black, much like the color of a crow or raven.