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Chickens and other
We recently went to the BOSTON SCIENCE
MUSEUM where they have a lot of incredible
things to see, including dinosaur skeletons,
Did you know that CHICKENS are descended
That's right! And, they haven't' changed
much since their prehistoric ancestors first
roamed the planet millions of years ago!
The next time you look at dinosaur
footprints, think of the prints your hens leave
in the mud after a rain - they're eerily
similar! In fact, "dinosaur" is a pretty wide
term for a lot of genetically diverse
creatures that dominated the Earth for
hundred's of thousands of years. For
example, the time period between humans
and Tyrannosaurus Rex is less than the time
period between Tyrannosaurus Rex and
Some branches on the tree of the various
types of dinosaurs died out and the genetic
line went extinct, but some lived on and are
still with us today!
A trip to Boston and a
revelation about Chickens
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The skull of a more recognizable
dinosaur on display at the
Boston Science Museum
A Chicken skeleton on display at
Boston Science Museum
Paleontologist Jack Horner is one of many
who have advocated theories of dinosaurs
not as scaly lizards, necessarily, but as
possibly colorful feathered bird-like
creatures - challenging the traditional
theories of what a dinosaur really looked
But Horner is pushing yet into new ground.
He claims, and is working toward, reverse
engineering a dinosaur from a CHICKEN!
And, of course, we love chickens almost as
much as we love science and challenging
the staus quo!
We encourage you to peruse some of the
links provided and learn more about
dinosaurs and the efforts of modern-day
pioneers of science like Jack Horner...
It's not hard to imagine elephants, rhinos,
crocodiles, etc. as dinosaurs that have
continued in their evolutionary
Birds too "are the direct evolutionary
descendants of dinosaurs, and thus
dinosaurs themselves in a very real sense."
(Sampson, S., Dinosaur Odyssey, 2009).
It shouldn't, therefore, be surprising that
chickens contain dinosaur traits in their DNA
because chickens, like all the other birds,
are living dinosaurs!.
We've selected some books by Jack Horner and others to help you
persue the ancestry of chickens and other dinosaurs...
Chicken footprint found in backyards across
Anchisauropus and Grallitor Footprints
found in the Connecticut River Valley
LINKS FOR MORE...