Birds, bats, and bugs all can
fly, as well as this butterfly.
Roll across below to find out more
BECOMING A BIRD
Reptiles have some traits, birds have others. Sort them out to discover
how birds evolved from dinosaurs.
THE BIG DEAL: THE FEATHER
It's what makes a bird a bird. It's perfect for flying, is great for
keeping warm, and comes in so many colors and patterns. Maybe the
most amazing thing about feathers is that they're made out of the
same stuff as your toenails.
DEAD OR ALIVE
Dinosaurs are all extinct. So is the dodo. Meet some of the birds
that only exist as fossils or stuffed specimens.
ARE BIRDS DINOSAURS?
Scientists keep on discovering more about the first birds. That
hasn't made it any easier for them to agree on the differences between
birds and dinosaurs. Debate this topic with your class.
The archaeopteryx was a bird
simply because it had feathers. It is
the missing link between birds and dinosaurs as it also had teeth.
Along with birds, reptiles and
fish lay eggs.
Rollover any of the statements to
the left to find out if they qualify
what makes a bird unique.
The Archaeopteryx fossil above dates from 150 million
first humans emerged half a million years ago.
When archaeopteryx was discovered many scientists
considered it a "missing link" between dinos and birds. But recent
discoveries of dinosaurs with feathers suggest a much more complicated picture.
People and dinosaurs never lived at the same time.
Of course, we may now be sharing the planet with modern dinosaurs the