|dinosaurs or birds?|
I finally caught up on a Smithsonian article entitled "Dinosaurs' Living Descendants" from their December 2010 issue. Apparently, paleontologists in China have verified that birds are the living descendants of a dinosaur lineage called Maniraptorans.
Well of course there are a few skeptics out there, but I just love the idea that a pigeon is really an ancestor of a dinosaur. Here I photographed a flock of robins feeding in our front yard from a month or two ago. Now when I look at the picture, I see a herd of tiny dinosaurs feasting on our wide open plain.
I don't know why that's so much fun to imagine, but maybe it's because we like the idea of meeting up with something ancient that went before us. What do you think?