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Dinosaur Evolution

Dinosaurs could be said to still with us, but just under a different name. Though it's universally accepted that the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago, some animals, birds, reptiles and fish can give us a living glimpse of what dinosaurs would have evolved into.

Alligators and crocodiles are reptiles and cousins of the dinosaurs. The skin of crocodiles and alligators is reminiscent of the leathery skin associated with dinosaurs. Also, the predatory nature of alligators and crocodiles has aspects of how dinosaur predators are perceived as ferocious killing machines.

The First Bird

Archaeopteryx was the first bird. Interestingly, without being able to determine its feathers, a skeleton of one Archaeopteryx was famously mistaken as being those of a dinosaur. That the Archaeopteryx evolved from dinosaurs seems certain.

Modern birds are often said to be living dinosaurs and birds of prey particularly have a look that seems prehistoric. J.H. Ostrum, a professor at Yale University, concluded in 1969 that there were, in all, 22 similarities between modern birds and dinosaurs. Birds, like dinosaurs, have scales on their feet, but birds feathers are also created by a similar process that creates scales on a reptile's body. Birds also have similarities to dinosaurs, which not even some reptiles have. For instance, birds generally have large eye orbits along with dinosaurs.

Some dinosaurs would have emerged into birds, but many would also have emerged into animals. Horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops may have evolved into an animal strikingly similar to a rhinoceros. Some herbivorous dinosaurs would have evolved into animals that look similar to the vegetarian animals of today. Ichthyosaurs were predators that dominated the oceans much as sharks do today and they were alike sharks in appearance and swimming style.

A Living Dinosaur

We now tend to think of advanced lifeforms as having fur or feathers, apart from cetaceans. But dinosaurs lived for many millions of years and it seems that they were only wiped out by the sort of catastrophic event that even mankind would have struggled to cope with.

The coelacanth is a fish that is a living dinosaur, having survived the extinctions that affected so many species 65 million years ago. The coelacanth was believed to have suffered the same fate as the dinosaurs until it was rediscovered in 1938. With many areas of the world's oceans still a mystery, proof of the existence of other dinosaurs may well come to light in the coming decades.

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Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Picture Puffin S.) Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Picture Puffin S.)
~Ian Whybrow, Adrian Reynolds (Illustrator)
Puffin Books
Paperback - August 7, 2003
The DK Big Book of Dinosaurs The DK Big Book of Dinosaurs
~Angela Wilkes
Dorling Kindersley
Hardcover - October 6, 1994
My First Book of Dinosaurs (My First Book Of...) My First Book of Dinosaurs (My First Book Of...)
~Dixon D
Ticktock Media
Paperback - January 1, 2001
T-Rex
~Dennis Schatz (Illustrator), Davide Bonadonna (Illustrator)
Zondervan Publishing House
Hardcover - February 1, 2003
Dino Den: T-Rex: T-Rex
~Bettina Paterson (Illustrator)
Campbell Books
Board book - September 17, 2004
Gone Forever: Pterodactyl (Gone Forever Series)
~Rupert Matthews
Heinemann Library
Paperback - May 6, 2004

DINOSAUR BOOKS available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon.com

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Kevin Padian
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David B. Weishampel
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Angela Wilkes
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Jane Yolen
Product photo How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?
Jane Yolen
Product photo How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Jane Yolen
Product photo T Is for Terrible
Peter McCarty
Product photo Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs
ROBERT SABUDA
Product photo Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! (Boynton on Board)
Sandra Boynton
Product photo Dinosaur Roar!
Paul Stickland
Product photo Dinosaur World (Great Big Flap Books)
CHRISTOPHER SANTORO
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Dennis Schatz
Product photo Feathered Dragons: Studies on the Transition from Dinosaurs to Birds (Life of the Past)
Philip J. Currie

Alphabetical List of Dinosaurs 

Aachenosaurus
Abelisaurus
Abrictosaurus
Abrosaurus
Acanthopholis
Achelousaurus
Achillobator
Acrocanthosaurus
Actiosaurus
Adasaurus
Aegyptosaurus
Aeolosaurus
Aepisaurus
Aetonyx
Afrovenator
Agathaumas
Aggiosaurus
Agilisaurus
Agnosphitys
Agrosaurus
Agustinia
Alamosaurus
Albertosaurus
Albisaurus
Alectrosaurus
Aletopelta
Algoasaurus
Alioramus
Aliwalia
Allosaurus (Antrodemus)
Alocodon
Altirhinus
Altispinax
Alvarezsaurus
Alwalkeria
Alxasaurus
Amargasaurus
Amazonsaurus
Ammosaurus
Ampelosaurus
Amphicoelias
Amtosaurus
Amurosaurus
Amygdalodon
Anabisetia
Anasazisaurus
Anatosaurus (Edmontosaurus)
Anatotitan
Anchiceratops
Anchisaurus
Andesaurus
Angaturama
Animantarx
Ankistrodon
Ankylosaurus
Anodontosaurus
Anoplosaurus
Anserimimus
Antarctosaurus
Antetonitrus
Anthodon
Antrodemus (Allosaurus)
Apatodon
Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus)
Aragosaurus
Aralosaurus
Archaeoceratops
Archaeopteryx
Archaeornithoides
Archaeornithomimus
Archaeovolans
Arctosaurus
Argentinosaurus
Argyrosaurus
Aristosaurus
Aristosuchus
Arrhinoceratops
Arstanosaurus
Asiaceratops
Asiamericana
Asiatosaurus
Astrodon
Astrodonius
Atlantosaurus
Atlasaurus
Atlascopcosaurus
Atrociraptor
Aublysodon
Aucasaurus
Austrosaurus
Avaceratops
Avalonianus
Aviatyrannis
Avimimus
Avipes
Avisaurus
Azendohsaurus
Bactrosaurus
Bagaceratops
Bagaraatan
Bahariasaurus
Bainoceratops
Bambiraptor
Barapasaurus
Barney
Barosaurus
Barsboldia
Baryonyx
Basutodon
Bathygnathus
Becklespinax
Beipiaosaurus
Bellusaurus
Belodon
Betasuchus
Bienosaurus
Bihariosaurus
Bilbeyhallorum
Blikanasaurus
Borogovia
Bothriospondylus
Brachiosaurus
Brachyceratops
Brachylophosaurus
Brachypodosaurus
Brachyrophus
Brachytaenius
Brachytrachelopan
Bradycneme
Brasileosaurus
Breviceratops
Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus)
Bruhathkayosaurus
Bugenasaura
Byronosaurus
Caenagnathasia
Caenagnathus
Calamosaurus
Calamospondylus
Callovosaurus
Camarasaurus
Camelotia
Camposaurus
Camptosaurus
Campylodoniscus
Carcharodontosaurus Cardiodon
Carnotaurus
Caseosaurus
Cathetosaurus
Caudipteryx
Caudocoelus
Caulodon
Cedarosaurus
Cedarpelta
Centemodon
Centrosaurus
Ceratops
Ceratosaurus
Cetiosauriscus
Cetiosaurus
Chaoyangsaurus
Charonosaurus
Chasmosaurus
Chassternbergia
Cheneosaurus
Chialingosaurus
Chiayusaurus
Chienkosaurus
Chilantaisaurus
Chindesaurus
Chingkankousaurus
Chirostenotes
Chondrosteosaurus
Chuandongocoelurus Chuanjiesaurus
Chubutisaurus
Chungkingosaurus
Cionodon
Citipati
Cladeiodon
Claorhynchus
Claosaurus
Clarencea
Clasmodosaurus
Clepsysaurus
Coelophysis
Coeluroides
Coelurosauravus
Coelurus
Colepiocephale
Colonosaurus
Coloradisaurus
Compsognathus
Compsosuchus
Conchoraptor
Corythosaurus
Craspedodon
Crataeomus
Craterosaurus
Creosaurus
Crichtonsaurus
Cristatusaurus
Cryolophosaurus
Cryptodraco
Cryptosaurus
Cryptovolans
Cumnoria
Cystosaurus
Dacentrurus
Dakosaurus
Dandakosaurus
Danubiosaurus
Daspletosaurus
Dasygnathoides
Datousaurus
Deinocheirus
Deinodon
Deinonychus
Deltadromeus
Denversaurus
Deuterosaurus
Dianchungosaurus
Diceratops
Diclonius
Dicraeosaurus
Didanodon
Dilong paradoxus
Dilophosaurus
Dimodosaurus
Dinheirosaurus
Dinodocus
Dinotyrannus
Diplodocus
Diplotomodon
Diracodon
Dolichosuchus
Doratodon
Doryphorosaurus
Draconyx
Dracopelta
Dravidosaurus
Drinker
Dromaeosauroides
Dromaeosaurus
Dromiceiomimus
Dromicosaurus
Dryosaurus
Dryptosauroides
Dsungaripterus
Dynamosaurus
Dyoplosaurus
Dysalotosaurus
Dysganus
Dyslocosaurus
Dystrophaeus
Dystylosaurus
Echinodon
Edmarka
Edmontonia
Edmontosaurus (Anatosaurus)
Efraasia
Einiosaurus
Elachistosuchus
Elaphrosaurus
Elmisaurus
Elopteryx
Elosaurus
Emausaurus
Embasaurus
Enigmosaurus
Eobrontosaurus
Eoceratops
Eolambia
Eoraptor
Eotyrannus
Epachthosaurus
Epanterias
Epicampodon
Epidendrosaurus

Equijubus
Erectopus
Erliansaurus
Erlikosaurus
Eshanosaurus
Eucamerotus
Eucentrosaurus
Eucercosaurus
Eucnemesaurus
Eucoelophysis
Eugongbusaurus
Euhelopus
Euoplocephalus
Eupodosaurus
Eurolimnornis
Euronychodon
Euskelosaurus
Eustreptospondylus
Fabrosaurus
Falcarius
Ferganosaurus
Frenguellisaurus
Fukuiraptor
Fukuisaurus
Fulgurotherium
Galesaurus
Gallimimus
Galtonia
Gargoyleosaurus
Garudimimus
Gasosaurus
Gasparinisaura
Gastonia
Genusaurus
Genyodectes
Geranosaurus
Giganotosaurus
Gigantosaurus
Gigantoscelus
Gilmoreosaurus
Giraffatitan
Glyptodontopelta
Gobipteryx
Gobisaurus
Gobititan
Gojirasaurus
Gondwanatitan
Gongbusaurus
Gongxianosaurus
Gorgosaurus
Goyocephale
Graciliceratops
Gracilisuchus
Gravitholus
Gresslyosaurus
Gryponyx
Gryposaurus
Guaibasaurus
Gwyneddosaurus
Gyposaurus
Hadrosaurus
Hallopus
Halticosaurus
Hanssuesia
Haplocanthosaurus
Harpymimus
Hecatasaurus
Heishansaurus
Heptasteornis
Herbstosaurus
Herrerasaurus
Hesperosaurus
Heterodontosaurus
Heterosaurus
Heyuannia
Hierosaurus
Hikanodon
Histriasaurus
Homalocephale
Hongshanosaurus
Hoplitosaurus
Hoplosaurus
Hortalotarsus
Huabeisaurus
Huayangosaurus
Hudiesaurus
Hulsanpes
Hylaeosaurus
Hylosaurus
Hypacrosaurus
Hypselosaurus
Hypsibema
Hypsilophodon
Hypsirophus
Iguanodon
Iliosuchus
Ilokelesia
Incisivosaurus
Indosaurus
Indosuchus
Ingenia
Inosaurus
Irritator
Isanosaurus
Ischisaurus
Ischyrosaurus
Isisaurus
Itemirus
Iuticosaurus
Jainosaurus
Janenschia
Jaxartosaurus
Jeholornis
Jeholosaurus
Jenghizkhan
Jiangshanosaurus
Jingshanosaurus
Jinzhousaurus
Jixiangornis
Jobaria
Jubbulpuria
Jurapteryx
Kaijiangosaurus
Kakuru
Kangnasaurus
Kelmayisaurus
Kentrosaurus
Kentrurosaurus
Khaan
Klamelisaurus
Koparion
Kotasaurus
Kritosaurus
Kulceratops
Kunmingosaurus
Kuszholia
Labocania
Labrosaurus
Laevisuchus
Lagerpeton
Lagosuchus
Lamaceratops
Lambeosaurus
Lametasaurus
Lanasaurus
Laornis
Laosaurus
Laplatasaurus
Lapparentosaurus
Leaellynasaura
Leipsanosaurus
Leptoceratops
Leptospondylus
Lesothosaurus
Lessemsaurus
Lewisuchus
Lexovisaurus
Liaoceratops
Liaoningosaurus
Libycosaurus
Ligabueino
Liliensternus
Lirainosaurus
Lisboasaurus
Loncosaurus
Longisquama
Longosaurus
Lophorhothon
Loricosaurus
Losillasaurus
Lourinhanosaurus
Lourinhasaurus
Lucianosaurus
Lufengocephalus
Lufengosaurus
Lukousaurus
Lurdusaurus
Lusitanosaurus
Lusotitan
Lycorhinus
Macelognathus
Macrodontophion
Macrophalangia
Macrurosaurus
Magnirostris
Magnosaurus
Magyarosaurus
Maiasaura
Majungasaurus
Majungatholus
Malawisaurus
Maleevosaurus
Maleevus
Mamenchisaurus
Mandschurosaurus
Manospondylus
Marasuchus
Marmarospondylus
Marshosaurus
Masiakasaurus
Massospondylus
Megalosaurus
Megapnosaurus
Megaraptor
Mei long
Melanorosaurus
Mendozasaurus
Metriacanthosaurus
Microceratops
Microcoelus
Microhadrosaurus
Micropachycephalosaurus
Microraptor
Microsaurops
Microvenator
Minmi
Mochlodon
Mongolosaurus
Monkonosaurus
Monoclonius
Monolophosaurus
Mononykus
Montanoceratops
Morinosaurus
Morosaurus
Mussaurus
Muttaburrasaurus
Mymoorapelta
Naashoibitosaurus
Nanosaurus
Nanotyrannus
Nanshiungosaurus
Nanyangosaurus
Nedcolbertia
Neimongosaurus
Nemegtosaurus
Neosodon
Neovenator
Neuquenraptor
Neuquensaurus
Nigersaurus
Niobrarasaurus
Nipponosaurus
Noasaurus
Nodocephalosaurus
Nodosaurus
Nomingia
Nothronychus
Notoceratops
Notohypsilophodon
Nqwebasaurus
Nuthetes
Ohmdenosaurus
Oligosaurus
Olorotitan
Omeisaurus
Omnivoropteryx
Onychosaurus
Opisthocoelicaudia
Oplosaurus
Orinosaurus
Ornatotholus
Ornithodesmus
Ornitholestes
Ornithomerus
Ornithomimoides
Ornithomimus
Ornithopsis
Ornithosuchus
Ornithotarsus
Orodromeus
Orthogoniosaurus
Orthomerus
Othnielia
Ouranosaurus
Oviraptor
Ozraptor
Pachycephalosaurus
Pachyrhinosaurus
Pachysauriscus
Pachysaurops
Pachyspondylus
Palaeoctonus
Palaeocursornis
Palaeopteryx
Palaeosauriscus

Palaeoscincus
Paleosaurus
Panoplosaurus
Paralititan
Paranthodon
Pararhabdodon
Parasaurolophus
Pareiasaurus
Parksosaurus
Paronychodon
Parrosaurus
Parvicursor
Patagonykus
Patagosaurus
Patricosaurus
Pawpawsaurus
Pectinodon
Peishansaurus
Pekinosaurus
Pelecanimimus
Pellegrinisaurus
Pelorosaurus
Pentaceratops
Phaedrolosaurus
Phuwiangosaurus
Phyllodon
Piatnitzkysaurus
Picrodon
Pinacosaurus
Pisanosaurus
Piveteausaurus
Planicoxa
Plateosauravus
Plateosaurus
Platyceratops
Pleurocoelus
Pleuropeltus
Pneumatoarthrus
Podokesaurus
Poekilopleuron
Polacanthoides
Polacanthus
Polyodontosaurus
Polyonax
Ponerosteus
Poposaurus
Prenocephale
Priconodon
Priodontognathus
Probactrosaurus
Proceratops
Proceratosaurus
Procerosaurus
Procheneosaurus
Procompsognathus
Prodeinodon
Prosaurolophus
Protarchaeopteryx
Protiguanodon
Protoavis
Protoceratops
Protognathosaurus
Protohadros
Protorosaurus
Proyandusaurus
Pseudolagosuchus
Psittacosaurus
Pteropelyx
Pterospondylus
Pukyongosaurus
Pycnonemosaurus
Pyroraptor
Qantassaurus
Qinlingosaurus
Quaesitosaurus
Quilmesaurus
Rachitrema
Rahonavis
Rajasaurus
Rapator
Rapetosaurus
Rayososaurus
Rebbachisaurus
Regnosaurus
Rhabdodon
Rhadinosaurus
Rhodanosaurus
Rhoetosaurus
Rhopalodon
Ricardoestesia
Rileyasuchus
Riojasaurus
Riojasuchus
Rocasaurus
Ruehleia
Rugops
Saichania
Saltasaurus
Saltriosaurus
Saltopus
Sanpasaurus
Santanaraptor
Sarcolestes
Sarcosaurus
Sarcosuchus
Saturnalia
Saurolophus
Sauropelta
Saurophaganax
Sauroplites
Sauroposeidon
Saurornithoides
Saurornitholestes
Scansoriopteryx
Scaphonyx
Scelidosaurus
Scipionyx
Scleromochlus
Scolosaurus
Scutellosaurus
Secernosaurus
Segisaurus
Segnosaurus
Seismosaurus
Sellosaurus
Serendipaceratops
Shamosaurus
Shanshanosaurus
Shantungosaurus
Shanyangosaurus
Shenzhouraptor
Shenzhousaurus
Shuangmiaosaurus
Shunosaurus
Shuvosaurus
Shuvuuia
Siamosaurus
Siamotyrannus
Sigilmassasaurus
Silesaurus
Siluosaurus
Silvisaurus
Sinocoelurus
Sinornithoides
Sinornithomimus
Sinornithosaurus
Sinosauropteryx
Sinosaurus
Sinovenator
Sinraptor
Sonorasaurus
Sphaerotholus
Sphenosaurus
Sphenospondylus
Spinosaurus
Spinosuchus
Spondylosoma
Squalodon
Staurikosaurus
Stegoceras
Stegopelta
Stegosaurides
Stegosaurus
Stenonychosaurus
Stenopelix
Stenotholus
Stephanosaurus
Sterrholophus
Stokesosaurus
Strenusaurus
Streptospondylus
Struthiomimus
Struthiosaurus
Stygimoloch
Stygivenator
Styracosaurus
Succinodon
Suchomimus
Suchoprion
Supersaurus
Symphyrophus
Syngonosaurus
Syrmosaurus
Szechuanosaurus
Talarurus
Tangvayosaurus
Tanius
Tanystrosuchus
Tapinocephalus
Tarascosaurus
Tarbosaurus
Tarchia
Tatisaurus
Taveirosaurus
Tawasaurus
Technosaurus
Tecovasaurus
Tehuelchesaurus
Teinurosaurus
Telmatosaurus
Tendaguria
Tenontosaurus
Teratosaurus
Termatosaurus
Texasetes
Teyuwasu
Thecocoelurus
Thecodontosaurus
Thecospondylus
Therizinosaurus
Therosaurus
Thescelosaurus
Thespesius
Tianchisaurus
Tianzhenosaurus
Tichosteus
Tienshanosaurus
Timimus
Titanosaurus
Tochisaurus
Tornieria
Torosaurus
Torvosaurus
Trialestes
Triassolestes
Tribelesodon
Triceratops
Trimucrodon
Troodon
Tsagantegia
Tsintaosaurus
Tugulusaurus
Tuojiangosaurus
Turanoceratops
Tylocephale
Tyrannosaurus rex
Udanoceratops
Ugrosaurus
Uintasaurus
Ultrasauros
Ultrasaurus
Unaysaurus
Unenlagia
Unquillosaurus
Utahraptor
Valdoraptor
Valdosaurus
Variraptor
Vectisaurus
Velocipes
Velociraptor
Velocisaurus
Venaticosuchus
Venenosaurus
Volkheimeria
Vulcanodon
Wakinosaurus
Walgettosuchus
Wannanosaurus
Wellnhoferia
Wuerhosaurus
Wyleyia
Xenotarsosaurus
Xiaosaurus
Xuanhanosaurus
Yaleosaurus
Yandusaurus
Yangchuanosaurus
Yaverlandia
Yimenosaurus
Yixianosaurus
Yunnanosaurus
Zalmoxes
Zanclodon
Zapsalis
Zatomus
Zephyrosaurus
Zigongosaurus
Zizhongosaurus
Zuniceratops
Zupaysaurus

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