Transformation: Dinosaurs to Birds



This spellbinding animation from the Museum’s new exhibition “Dinosaurs Among Us” traces the evolutionary transition from dinosaurs to birds.

Learn more about “Dinosaurs Among Us”: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/dinosaurs-among-us

Based on recent scientific research that examines fossils using new technologies, the transformation story unfolds as low-polygonal silhouettes of dinosaurs morph from ground-dwelling animals into flight-capable birds.

The mass extinction that erased most dinosaurs 65 million years ago left a few bird lineages unscathed. Within only 15 million years all of our familiar bird groups were flourishing. These extraordinary living dinosaurs provide a vivid link to the ancient past.

The Museum’s new exhibition, “Dinosaurs Among Us,” explores the continuities between living dinosaurs—birds—and their extinct ancestors, showcasing remarkable new evidence for what scientists now call one of the best-documented evolutionary transitions in the history of life.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

Dinosaurs Among Us is proudly supported by Chase Private Client.

Additional support is generously provided by Dana and Virginia Randt.

VIDEO CREDITS:

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Hélène Alonso

DIRECTOR/ANIMATION
Bob Peterson

WRITER
JoAnn Gutin

PROJECT MANAGER
Sarah Galloway

MUSIC
Audio Network US, Inc.

RESEARCH
Joe Levit

SPECIAL THANKS
Ashley Heers
Eozin Che

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