The Relation Between Birds and Dinosaurs Essay

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The Relation Between Birds and Dinosaurs One question that has stumped many paleontologists for centuries is, “Are birds dinosaurs?” Paleontologists have argued back and forth trying to prove or disprove each side of the theory. So far, advocates have supported their side through the facts of similar bone structures, bone organization, and the idea that dinosaurs had feathers. A common reaction that some people might have about the question is that there is no connection between the two species. Their main reasoning for this conclusion is based on the belief that the two do not have any similar characteristics. I too believed that there was no correlation between the two animals. However, after extensive research, I have completely…show more content…
Therefore, the dinosaur found in this position is assumed to be warm-blooded, another similarity shared between birds and dinosaurs (Lemmonick 74 par. 1,7). Some skeptics might argue that there is no possible way that a dinosaur was found in the crouching position. They might also reason that when a dinosaur dies, it lies down and dies. I can agree with this statement somewhat, but I have a few reasons for believing that the dinosaur was discovered in the position they claimed. One idea is that the dinosaur could have been propped up against a hill or by something big and sturdy. Another explanation for the dinosaur’s position is that the dinosaur could have died in its sleep. To the best of my knowledge, dinosaurs sleep standing up, or at least they did in all the Jurassic Park movies. There is more logic supporting the fact that a dinosaur was found in the crouching position than disproving it. In addition to having similar bone structures, birds and dinosaurs also have hollow bones. Hollow bones are believed to reduce the weight of animals, which requires less work for flying. In actuality, the hollowness reduces the weight of the animal by only a minute percentage. Therefore, it is theorized that hollow bones originated long before flight was introduced. One possible function of the hollow bones was to cool down the body faster, by allowing air to flow through the bones. Another practicality for hollow bones is the idea that they could
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