• Question: Hi Fiona whats the closest living Animal to a Dinosaur

    Asked by aidan13 to Fiona on 12 Mar 2014.
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      Fiona Heesen answered on 12 Mar 2014:

      Hi aidan13,

      What a great question! Birds are the most direct descendents to dinosaurs. Scientists used fossil records to identify birds as having evolved from dinosaurs during the Jurassic period (which started about 201 million years ago!). I used to always think that lizards were closer as they look like little dinosaurs, but turns out science has proved that wrong!

      Thanks for the question 🙂