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Did Dinosaurs fly?
from Burt P, age 9, houston, Tx, USA; July 12, 2001

TOM: There was only one group of flying dinosaurs: the birds. As more and more fossils have been found, paleontologists have discovered that birds are a very specialized group of dinosaurs. In fact, the oldest bird (Archaeopteryx) and the smaller dromaeosaur raptors (like Microraptor and Sinornithosaurus) are very, very similar.

The pterosaurs, which also flew and which lived during the Mesozoic Era (the Age of Dinosaurs) were not dinosaurs. They were a different group of flying reptile.


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