Did Dinosaurs Really Go Extinct?

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Most people are taught that dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago when a giant meteor crashed into the Yucatan peninsula. I'm here to tell you that's wrong. Dinosaurs are alive and well today, and you don't have to go to Jurassic World to see them (although hanging out with Chris Pratt would be cool)
We have living dinosaurs all around us. We just call them "birds". Yes. Birds are dinosaurs.

The tetrapod playlist:

Special thanks to Scott Hartman () for the great Deinonychus and Archaeopteryx illustrations

More info/sources:

Great Audubon article on dinosaur-bird evolution
Dig deeper with this hour-long Yale lecture by Dr. Richard Prum:
Dr. John Hutchinson's research on dinosaur/bird posture

Chickens wearing prosthetic tails, for science!

T. rex had a wishbone:
Did prey grasping of dinosaurs evolve into bird flight stroke?
Reconstructing dinosaur sounds
Great TED-Ed video on the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs:
Brian Switek on dinosaur feathers:
What do birds see?
Tetrachromacy and feathers in dinosaurs:


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