Archaeopteryx Dossier

Archaeopteryx lithographica by durbed

Common Name Archaeopteryx
Group Dinosaurs
Species Archaeopteryx magnamilvum
Time Late Jurassic
Diet Carnivore
Temperament Fearful
Egg Archaeopteryx Egg
PC Release Date September 12, 2016 (v247.0)
Xbox Release Date Not Yet Released
Favorite Kibble Kibble (Pelagornis Egg)
Tameable Yes
Rideable No
Incubation Range 16 - 20 °C / 61 - 68 °F
Incubation Time 2h 37m
Baby Stage Time 1h 32m

Approximately one meter long, the Archaeopteryx Magnamilvum is a primarily tree-dwelling proto-bird. It avoids the ground as much as possible, preferring to stay in the safety of the trees, where few predators can reach it.

I've not seen an Archaeopteryx outright fly yet, so it's possible that they can't generate enough lift to do more than glide long distances between perches. I'm not sure how a creature as fearful of the ground can be such a picky eater, but Archaeopteryx only seems to consume certain rare insect matter. The most likely explanation is that it tends to nest in infested trees, stripping them bare of such food sources.


While not large enough to bear the full weight of an adult human, Archaeopteryx still has great utility. Despite the creature's inability to fly, its wings have sufficient strength to dramatically slow the rate of a person's descent, if that person holds Archaeopteryx while airborne. Taming Archaeopteryx can be somewhat troublesome, though, as it refuses to eat the most common food sources, and glides to prospective safety at the first sign of any interloper.

— The Dossier

The Archaeopteryx (Ahr-kee-op-tuh-riks) is a small carnivorous bird found on the Ark.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Archaeopteryx








800px-Archaeopteryx lithographica (Berlin specimen)

The Berlin Archaeopteryx specimen


  • The dossier was revealed on January 4, 2016
  • The dossier implies that the Archaeopteryx will not eat common food sources, and will instead prefer some alternative insect-based food, such as Chitin or perhaps some new item.
  • The first fossils of Archaeopteryx were mistaken for Compsognathus skeletons, until the presence of fossilized feathers were noted.
  • When tamed, it appears Archaeopteryx will not attack enemies, even if set to aggressive, or if they are attacked.



Patch 247 Archaeopteryx, Tapejara, Night Vision Goggles and more!

Patch 247 Archaeopteryx, Tapejara, Night Vision Goggles and more!