Did you know that birds descended from dinosaurs? The first bird-type dinosaur was called “Archaeopteryx,” which means “ancient wing” Birds share many similarities with dinosaurs, including feathers, scales and laying eggs. Scientists study each creature to compare skin, bones, hearts and lungs and other body pieces to connect the two. Some birds do not fly or have very limited ability to fly. Think of turkeys and ostriches. Others, like penguins and puffins can swim better than fly or walk. Next time you see a bird, tell everyone they are looking at a modern day dinosaur!