Living Dinosaurs


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In response to a blog post I read earlier, I want to address the possibility of dinosaurs roaming our earth this very day. Most scientists would agree that dinosaurs do indeed exist today. They are actually so common that we probably see them everyday! These are birds.. They are the incredibly disappointing descendants of the massive reptiles that have intrigued the minds of many. Though the idea of a living dinosaur or "non-bird dinosaur that survived the Cretaceous-Paleogen extinction event and continue to live today" may be slim, so were the chances of rediscovering the Coelacanth and numerous other species thought to be extinct.
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The Coelacanth was rediscovered in 1938 off the coast of South Africa after being presumed "extinct" for more than 65 million years! This discovery reminds us of how little we really know about our planet. With more than six billion people and satellite mapping techniques it is hard to believe that more than 70% of our planet is unexplored. Knowing this, is it too far fetched to believe that in some dark corner of the Earth a living dinosaur does exist? I don't think so and neither do many cryptozoologists who are still searching for creatures ranging from  the Mokele-Mbembe of the Congo to the Loch Ness Monster. 

In class we learned that there is always a chance. A chance that the impossible is possible and that the truth is false. As skeptical as some may be, I will not be surprised when I wake up and turn on the news to find another "extinct" species has been rediscovered and maybe.. just maybe, the next one will be a living dinosaur.
 




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Wow this is one of the coolest posts that I have seen yet. You're right about the impossible being possible. Just because something is widely accepted does not mean that it is true. Because I've always heard about dinosaurs being extinct I never even gave it thought that maybe they're not all extinct. Now that you have displayed this 1938 finding, I believe that more things like this are possible. I also find it interesting that 70% of the world is unexplored. I never knew this. I assumed because people have been exploring the earth for years and dedicating their lives to it that not as much as 70% of the world is unexplored.

In relation to this I think that the myth of Bigfoot should be solved by sending a team 100 people to areas where he was seen. Right now his existence is accepted as being a myth, but we never know until we exhaust our efforts of searching for him.

I know that may seem a little crazy, but it was just a thought. Overall though I think that what Andrew said is more likely(that there's never no chance for something to be possible).

This was pretty intriguing! I decided to look up a little more on it, and there are a lot of people and scientists that share your revelation that there's a possibility of dinosaurs still existing.

However, with the technology and intelligence in modern day science, I doubt that these large reptiles are roaming some uninhabited area of the earth going completely unnoticed. Even with 70% of the earth unexplored, I'd think some type of scientist, perhaps a geologist or archaeologist, would discover some type of clue while studying the land. But hey -- maybe that just hasn't happened yet!

Your post did lead me to this blog that explains that birds really are dinosaurs! If you read her explanation, you'll learn that dinosaurs (even if it's only the common birds we see day to day) do 100% still exist!

I love seeing that someone else has some hope that the dinosaurs could still be alive. I took a class last year about evolution and the beginnings of life and the bird/dinosaur connection was one that we discussed. It is a hard connection to make in your head, that the small harmless birds we see today are the closest living relative to dinosaurs. I know in my mind when I think dinosaur, I immediately think about the enormous creatures that we all learned about in elementary school. It is almost hard to imagine that birds could have been flying around with dinosaurs millions of years ago. I hope that someday if/when they find one of the big dinosaurs that we all have learned about that we are both still here to see it!

Definitely a great thought just because it does put how much we know, which is almost nothing, into perspective. We have only explored about 5% of the ocean. That right there is unbelievable and I am sure there are some fantastic creatures in the deep blue.

A little off topic, but just think about how much space there is still unexplored. It is honestly unfathomable to think about how much we don't yet know.

We are but one planet, circling one star, among 200 billion other stars in the Milky Way, which is just 1 of 100 billion galaxies in our universe.

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