Saturday, February 7, 2015

Fact of the Day: Bird Cousin

While birds are often called the last descendants of dinosaurs, crocodiles and alligators can also be considered the children of dinosaurs. They are bird's closest living relatives, as they both are the last remaining animals belonging to clade Archosaur. Unlike birds, crocodiles are considered living fossils as they have changed very little since they appeared in the Late Cretaceous period. 

15 comments:

Beate said...

I knew that crocodiles are considered living fossils, I'm not sure I knew this interesting fact about birds though :)

Bob Bushell said...

Allibird????????????????????????

Bob Bushell said...

Birdgator.

Manzanita said...

Interesting to know. I never thought about it.

Sakuranko said...

Oh very interesting Fact! O.o
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Christine said...

Interesting!

Kati said...

They don't need to change, they are perfect as they are!

Have a wonderful weekend,
-Kati

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Interesting bit of info. These animals sure go way back!

Gloria Baker said...

absolutely interesting Adam, of course I dont have idea!!

stephen Hayes said...

The design of these creatures was deemed by nature to be so perfect that it hasn't changed in millions of years. In contrast, several million years ago humans were swinging in the trees. I guess our design isn't perfect because we're still evolving.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

I knew this one

Mary Kirkland said...

I've heard that about croc's. They are a dinosaur looking animal if ever there was one for sure.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Strange.

Pat Hatt said...

Crocodiles must have it made to last that long

bj said...

I never associated birds with dinosaurs.....but crocs....yep.