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New research illuminates the evolutionary changes that made the dinosaur-to-bird transformation possible.
Article explains how reptiles evolved into birds and provides background information on the importance of being small. Article also describes the similarities between reptiles and birds.
Documentation: Quanta Magazine. “How Birds Evolved From Dinosaurs.” Quanta Magazine, www.quantamagazine.org/how-birds-evolved-from-dinosaurs-20150602/.
Archosaurs are a group of specialized reptiles which ruled the Earth during the Age of Dinosaurs. The only archosaurs that survive today are crocodiles and birds.
Information: Article shows evolution of birds from reptiles in the phylogenetic tree,
Your Holiday Dinosaur, www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/museum/events/bigdinos2005/turkey.html.
Article: Site shows the comparative anatomy between birds and other organisms. When viewing the development of the bird and reptile, you can see similar development throughout the pregnancy.
Documentation: Embryology/Vestigial Organs, www.rationalconclusions.com/citations.embryologyvestigial.asp.
Article: Site explains how birds evolved from reptiles and provides background information.
Documentation: The Origin of Birds, evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evograms_06.