Children’s Rhyme: Dinosaurs Are Among Us

They say the dinosaurs are gone
But that’s not really true
If you want to see a living dinosaur
They are all around you

Reptiles are the obvious choice
But the answer would no
They are like the distant relatives
You never got to know

If you want to see a dinosaur today
Then simply look up to the skies
Flying about or perched on two legs
They are right before your eyes

Yes, birds are modern day dinosaurs
True descendents of the line
Evolved over time with patience
Into their current feathered design

The only animals living today that are thought to have descended from the dinosaurs are birds. Only recently has this theory been accepted by many scientists. 65.5 million years ago during what is called the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, all of the dinosaurs went extinct and it is thought that only the avian ancestors survived (as well as many other reptiles and mammalian ancestors). Of course, the evidence for this is based off of fossils that scientists have found over the years, so it is possible that they are missing some fossils. Birds specifically evolved from a group of dinosaurs called the theropods, which were flesh-eating dinosaurs that walked on two legs that had feet resembling modern-day bird feet. As I’m sure you know, birds live pretty much everywhere on earth and the number of species is nearly countless (new ones are discovered all the time) — it’s interesting to think that whenever you’re eating chicken, you’re actually eating a modern-day dinosaur!

Although birds are thought to be the only living dinosaur descendants, some other animals living today are related to the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are in the reptile group, which includes turtles, crocodiles, birds, lizards, and snakes. Of these groups of animals, second to birds, crocodiles are probably the closest related to dinosaurs (though they are not considered modern dinosaurs themselves, unlike birds). Today, there are 23 known crocodile species (which live in the tropics of Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas) and over 10,000 bird species in the world.


14 thoughts on “Children’s Rhyme: Dinosaurs Are Among Us

  1. Love birds. I have been watching them and reading about them all morning. I always found the Great Blue Heron to look particularily dino-like…. 🐦

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    1. So true. I’m loving the pictures of the feathered and furry dinosaurs. All those what ifs. Also the when they alter the BMI. Really makes you wonder how they’ve come to some of these conclusions about the apperence of dinosaurs.

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      1. Yes that’s an interesting one! Some dinosaurs were cold-blooded ancestors of things like the crocodile, yet some became the ancestors of birds! Were there warm-blooded dinosaurs? Or just cold-blooded ones with feathers?

        The book ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’ by Richard Dawkins is my favourite book of all time, and is an epic story of our evolutionary history right back to the beginnings, which necessarily covers the common ancestry of mammals with birds and reptiles. Oh it will also explain how they made these discoveries :D. LOooooots and lots of hard work and patience, mapping out distributions of fossils geographically and across time. And some stunning key fossil discoveries from the boundaries of these ancestral splits.

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      2. I’m guessing most the cold blooded were amphibious, so probably not. Lots of drag in feathers underwater. Unless they had a penguin thing going on πŸ€”
        Always nice to have facts explaining the story. I’ve read a few similar books. They are usually well researched with reliable conveyors at the helm.


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