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Living dinosaurs is a term sometimes used to denote birds, which are the only clade of dinosaurs, other than a controversial group of fossils known as Paleocene dinosaurs, to have survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event. The term is also used for extinct species of dinosaurs that are claimed to exist today, a belief which is unsupported by scientific research.



  • Origin of birds, the evolution of birds from dinosaurs.
  • Living fossil, an informal term for animals such as crocodiles and tuataras, which are also occasionally called "living dinosaurs" by journalists.
  • Paleocene dinosaurs, controversial fossils of non-avian dinosaurs which may have survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction.
  • Lazarus taxon, a taxon that disappears from one or more periods of the fossil record, only to appear again later.



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