There’s plenty to dig into there! Let’s start with what this all means for any one of us who aren’t paleontologists.
To begin with, knowing about the connection between birds and dinosaurs is a relatively recent discovery! It wasn’t until the 1970s and 80s that the theory was widely accepted. It’s pretty incredible to think how quickly new discoveries can shift our perspective on the world.
It’s also fascinating to think about the scale of time for life on this planet. Think about how long the dinosaur fossils we have laid buried in time. They have been here longer than humans have been on this planet, longer than our continents have been shaped the way we know them to be today. Oceans and lands have come and gone, and we are looking at the bones of creatures that were alive that far back in time!