Contents: Are Chickens Dinosaurs?
Are Chicken the Closest Modern Relatives to the Dinosaurs?
In a fairly new study (Berkeley), researchers suggest that chickens may be more closely related to dinosaurs than previously thought. The study compared the DNA of chicken-like birds to that of other animals, including crocodiles and turtles. The results showed that chickens are more closely related to dinosaurs than any other animal studied.
Using proper terminology, birds are avian dinosaurs… and (strange as it may sound) birds are technically considered reptiles.https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/avians.html
This study provides new insight into the evolution of birds. It also raises questions about what other animals may be related to dinosaurs. More research is needed to determine how closely related chickens and dinosaurs really are.
How Are Dinosaurs Related to Chickens?
Scientists believe that dinosaurs and chickens are related because they share a common ancestor. This common ancestor is thought to be a small, chicken-like dinosaur called Theropoda (Berkeley). Theropoda lived during the Jurassic period, which was about 200 million years ago.
Today, there are more than 9,000 species of birds. Chickens are just one of these species. But all birds share some similarities with their ancient ancestors, the dinosaurs.
Are Chickens Direct Descendants of the T-Rex?
Some scientists believe that chickens are direct descendants of the Tyrannosaurus Rex (Harvard), one of the most feared dinosaurs to have ever roamed the earth. The link between these two creatures is evident in their DNA, which is nearly identical.
Although it may seem impossible, the T-Rex could have easily evolved into the chicken we know today.
The T-Rex was a massive creature, weighing in at over 6 tons. It had sharp teeth and powerful claws that were capable of tearing its prey to pieces.
However, this ferocious predator also had some similarities to chickens. For example, both animals have small arms in relation to their body size.
In addition, chickens and T-Rexes share a common ancestor: the two-legged dinosaur known as Archaeopteryx.
Conclusion: Did Chickens Evolve From Dinosaurs?
There is no doubt that chickens and dinosaurs share many similarities. They both have beaks, scaly skin, long necks, sharp claws, and they both lay eggs.
But there are also some major differences between them. For example, chickens have feathers while dinosaurs did not.
So, did chickens really evolve from dinosaurs?
It’s hard to say for sure. However, the evidence does seem to point to this being the case.