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Birds Are Dinosaurs

Image courtesy of toony et svtiste, via Wikimedia Commons

Lesson

Birds are dinosaurs! Technically, the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago (like T. rex and Triceratops). But avian dinosaurs (birds) evolved from non-avian dinosaurs and are still around.

The next time you have chicken or turkey or another type of bird for dinner, clean and save the bones and use them to build your own (non-avian) dinosaur.

Bonus: Look up images of non-avian dinosaur skeletons and compare their bones to the bones you collected.

Recommended For

Elementary, Middle School, High School

Goals

  • Observe the similarities between birds and non-avian dinosaurs
  • Learn about evolution

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