Today’s birds evolved from dinosaurs, which makes them dinosaurs! Just as bats are mammals, birds are a strange breed of dinosaur that have small, evolved wings and the ability to fly.
Birds evolved from “bird of prey” dinosaurs – den Velociraptor Family. The oldest fossil of a true bird, defined as a dinosaur that could fly by flapping its wings, is Archeopteryx, which lived in the late Jurassic about 150 million years ago.
But since close “raptor” cousins of birds are known from the Early Jurassic, it’s likely that birds first took to the skies around 170 million years ago.
Asked by: Emily Brown, Nottingham
To submit your questions, email us at email@example.com (don’t forget to include your name and location).