10 Living animals that are direct descendants of dinosaurs

Birds:

Modern birds are believed to have evolved from theropod dinosaurs, specifically a group of small, feathered dinosaurs.

Crocodilians:

They belong to the archosaur group, which also includes dinosaurs and birds.

Tuatara:

They are the only surviving members of the order Rhynchocephalia, which dates back to the time of the dinosaurs.

Turtles:

While they are not direct descendants of dinosaurs, turtles share a common ancestor with them and are considered close relatives.

Lizards:

Some ancient lizard species, such as the Mosasaurus, lived during the same time as dinosaurs.

Snakes:

While they evolved from lizard-like ancestors, they share a common evolutionary history with dinosaurs.

Sharks:

While they are not direct descendants of dinosaurs, they are considered living fossils and have remained relatively unchanged over millions of years.

Amphibians:

They are part of the tetrapod lineage, which includes all vertebrates with four limbs.

Horseshoe Crabs:

While they are not direct descendants of dinosaurs, they are considered living fossils and have changed very little over millions of years.

Coelacanths:

Coelacanths are ancient fish that were once thought to be extinct until a living species was discovered in 1938.

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