When an asteroid hit the Earth 65 million years ago, it led to rapid climate change which brought with it the end for the dinosaurs. But their relatives, birds survived. The link between birds and dinos is seen in a range of morphological features including hollow bones, special airsacks in the lungs, and the construction of bones of the wrist and hips. Melbourne Museum’s new permanent exhibition, Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs demonstrates the links, and the way birds connect us with the past. Robyn Williams meets ornithologist Karen Rowe at The Melbourne Museum.
Curator of Birds