Are chickens and dinosaurs related?

16 June 2015

Question

Can you please explain the relation between chickens and dinosaurs?

Answer

We put Gontse's question to our very own Georgia Mills.

Georgia - Well, the short answer there is that chickens are technically dinosaurs. It's now well established that birds did evolve from dinosaurs. So, at one point there were dinosaurs that were smaller, feathered, there's a really interesting fossil called archaeopteryx which is called a transitional fossil. People sort of see this as quite good evidence that dinosaurs and birds are one in the same really. And so, people say, isn't it a shame that you can't see dinosaurs anymore except for museums, but just go to a local chicken farm. They're dinosaurs, they're avian dinosaurs.

Chris - I've eaten a few then. So, when you've eaten a dinosaur burger, you really have.

Georgia - Revenge for Jeff Goldblum.

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