Welcome to… Jurassic Pluck
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Most people are taught that dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago when a giant meteor crashed into the Yucatan peninsula. I’m here to tell you that’s wrong. Dinosaurs are alive and well today, and you don’t have to go to Jurassic World to see them (although hanging out with Chris Pratt would be cool).
We have living dinosaurs all around us. We just call them “birds”.
The tetrapod playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsmqeqKj7M-oVnyE5_1x-dUFYHxLLQmRD
Special thanks to Scott Hartman (http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/) for the great Deinonychus and Archaeopteryx illustrations
Great Audubon article on dinosaur-bird evolution http://www.audubon.org/magazine/january-february-2015/which-came-first-dinosaur-or-bird
Dig deeper with this hour-long Yale lecture by Dr. Richard Prum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao7Q8kOqjfs
Dr. John Hutchinson’s research on dinosaur/bird posture
Chickens wearing prosthetic tails, for science!
T. rex had a wishbone: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-thanksgiving-make-a-wish-on-a-dinosaur-87598064/?no-ist
Did prey grasping of dinosaurs evolve into bird flight stroke? http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/vertebrates/flight/aves.html
Reconstructing dinosaur sounds http://www.sandia.gov/LabNews/LN12-19-97/dinosaur_story.html
Great TED-Ed video on the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPLgfGX1I5Y
Brian Switek on dinosaur feathers: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/science-nature/feathers-fuel-dinosaur-flight-debate-146139689/
What do birds see? http://www.nwf.org/news-and-magazines/national-wildlife/birds/archives/2012/bird-vision.aspx
Tetrachromacy and feathers in dinosaurs: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6208/416.short
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