Could the dinosaurs not be extinct, and turn into birds?

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2020-03-31 20:20:09

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Could the dinosaurs not be extinct, and turn into birds?

One of the most strange and even extravagant hypotheses of the last time is the view that the famous meteorite that destroyed 65 million years all the dinosaurs of the planet, in fact, never existed. Instead of together to die during nuclear winter, dinosaurs would just gradually evolve into birds. But in what way giant reptiles suddenly decreased in size, covered with feathers and why they did it? It seems that scientists in Australia were able to find the answers to all these questions, and even partially to prove an unusual theory.

Ancestors of modern birds

That distant descendants of dinosaurs are birds, scientists have known for a long time. However, how it happened evolutionary transformation, the researchers were able to learn only by detailed analysis of the fossils of theropods — . It turns out that this clumsy lizards do first, somehow, managed to significantly shrink in size during evolution, and then completely turn into familiar members of the family of birds.

Mike Lee, the lead author conducted research from South Australian Museum in Adelaide, says that the process of becoming formidable predators in the birds was very complex and consisted of several important steps. And it is no wonder the weight of these 200-pound dinosaur that inhabited our planet some hundred million years ago, gradually has decreased to a mere 800 grams, according to the magazine .

Allosaurus may well be a distant ancestor of the modern Canaries.

In What way , armed with razor-sharp teeth were able to so greatly reduced in size? There is an opinion that most likely, the process of reduction in size took place continuously, and each succeeding descendant of the expectant protopic gradually became more and smaller in size compared to its ancestor.

In order to verify the extended theory, Lee and his colleagues traced the evolutionary changes in 120 theropods around the world, finding thus 1549 distinctive features in their skeletons. It turned out that Australian researchers studied changes occurred for 50 million years: that's how long it took the dinosaurs to gradually shrink in size and grow into feathers, and during each of these time periods the animals were acquired and other characteristics. The result of these changes, a new anatomical features allowed protopterus occupy the niches of survival in nature, which had previously been completely inaccessible to their large ancestors. So, discovering his ability to fly, the schedules and jumping, the former allosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and spinosaurus got characteristic bird shape: in particular, they have significantly shifted the center of gravity, and the body strongly bent diagonally for better balance of the flight.

Ancestor of modern birds in the representation of the artist

Although the former theropods with each generation more and more lost in size and weight, their skulls still remained quite large relative to the body, which may indicate the presence of ancient prooptic large brain that allowed these organisms to colonize a large part of our planet's surface and survive when 65 million years ago Earth .

Undoubtedly, the unusual theory of Australian scientists is still in need of checks, but who knows: maybe every morning we have Breakfast not just eggs, and eaten by a descendant of the ancient creatures that once long ago inspires fear in all other animals on our blue planet — the t-Rex.

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