Saturday, August 02, 2014 – This blog at Scientific American by Darren Naish covers a study on the shrinking of theropods into our modern day dinosaurs: birds. Darren was one of the studies co-authors, and provides excellent insight into the findings.

Per the studies summary: “The theropod lineage directly ancestral to birds undergoes sustained miniaturization across 50 million years and at least 12 consecutive branches (internodes) and evolves skeletal adaptations four times faster than other dinosaurs.” Authored by: Mike Lee, Andrea Cau, Darren Naish, and Gareth Dyke.

For additional commentary on this topic, read Stephen Brusatte write-up: Take a T-Rex and a chicken and you’ll see how dinosaurs shrank, survived and evolved into birds!

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50 Million Years of Shrinking: Dinosaurs to Birds

50 Million Years of Shrinking: Dinosaurs to Birds