Dinosaurs are still here, and they’re an incredibly successful species.
Ok, what about the fact that earth was hit by an asteroid 65 million years ago, resulting in the extinction of the dinosaurs?
Three decades of evidence have forced us to re-think the story:
Sixty-five million years ago, an astroid collided with Earth, resulting in the extinction of many or most dinosaur species.
Dinosaurs were a specific group of animals. One evolutionary line of them, which shared a close common ancestor with Tyrannosaurus Rex, evolved into birds. That all happened before the extinction!
Birds were flying around other dinosaurs’ heads!
All but that specific line went extinct. That means that that the birds in your backyard are living, breathing dinosaurs!
Today, dinos are more diverse than any other invertebrate group.
In this podcast, Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology and Geology lab at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, at NC State University breaks down what we know, and how we know that dinosaurs live among us.