|What is the sincerity of using dinosaurs as a
between birds and reptile?|
|Question Date: 2013-01-09|
Most scientists these days think that birds ARE
dinosaurs, and that birds (as indeed all
dinosaurs) ARE reptiles. These ideas might sound
crazy at first, but there's lots of evidence to
back them up. Evidence from fossils has shown
that birds are as much dinosaurs, as poodles are
dogs. Even though birds have many unique
qualities relative to other dinosaurs, and
poodles are special compared to other dogs,
birds ARE dinosaurs and poodles ARE dogs just
the same. So to get back to your question, there
are many feathered dinosaurs that "bridge the
gap" between birds and the non-feathered
dinosaurs--just as non-bird-dinosaurs "bridge
the gap" between birds and the nearest reptilian
relatives of dinosaurs. Good luck with your
Birds are living dinosaurs.
The definition of a reptile is argued by
biologists. Some say that dinosaurs are a kind
of reptile, which means that birds are also a
kind of reptile, since birds are a kind of
dinosaur. Others separate birds from reptiles.
It's a question of word definitions, and words
are something that human beings make up so that
we can talk about stuff. Nature doesn't have to
abide by our words.
The closest living relatives to birds are
crocodiles and alligators. They are more closely
related to each-other than they are to lizards,
snakes, or turtles.
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