Dinosaur tracks

If the world experienced the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, what can be said of the image below – taken just outside my backdoor? Looks like a dinosaur track to me. Well … it is … sort of. Birds and dinosaurs belong to a group of animals known as theropods; dinosaurian theropods just happened to go extinct while other theropods did not, and these gave rise, genealogically speaking, to the animals we know today as birds. You might be interested to know that features which link ancient theropods to those we recognize today include the three-toed foot, the wishbone (furcula), air-filled (pneumatized) bones , and in some cases feathers and brooding behavior.

The mystery image is of wet footprints left by chickens on a flagstone walk. An image of the real (dinosaurian) thing, below, was taken from another WordPress blog, View from Passenger Window.

7 thoughts on “Dinosaur tracks

  1. Yes! The subject of birds and dinosaurs came up yesterday at our Children’s Chorus rehearsal. When the altos were asked to sing more bird-like, less dinosaur-like, smart children responded “But birds come from the dinosaurs!” Love it!

    Excellent photos.

  2. So, this is suddenly the most exciting internet reading I’ve stumbled across in weeks. I never would have pegged D.S. as the blogging sort. – BR

    • What a suprise … how did you come across Pairodox Farm? And why am I not the blogging sort? When did you graduate? 2004 … I’m losing track of such details as well. Seeing your name made my day – thanks for taking the time to comment. This particular post was a litmus test of sorts – was hoping it wouldn’t stir the pot. Yours was the only comment – I guess there was no need to worry. How’s Chrissy? It was really good to hear from you. D.

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