Dinosaurs Among Us
The evolution of life on Earth is full of amazing episodes. But one story that really captures the imagination is the transition from the familiar, charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for around 170 million years into a new, small, airborne form: birds.
The fossil record of this story grows richer by the day. So rich, in fact, that the boundary between the animals we call birds and the animals we traditionally called dinosaurs is now practically obsolete. In this special exhibition, visitors will discover how the dinosaurs’ extraordinary story continues today.
Some ancient dinosaurs made nests, laid eggs, and tended to their babies—just like today’s birds and crocodiles.
Scientists think that many dinosaur species sported primitive feathers—precursors to those birds use to fly, court mates, and more.
New technology is revealing that the physiology and anatomy of dinosaurs and birds are more alike than once thought.
Modern birds still boast talons and hollow bones, callbacks to their evolutionary link to ancient dinosaurs.
New discoveries are helping scientists clarify the transition from ancient dinosaur to modern bird.
Non-avian dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago, but birds have thrived around the world.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.
Dinosaurs Among Us is proudly supported by Chase Private Client.
Additional support is generously provided by Dana and Virginia Randt.
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