Have dinosaurs gone extinct? Present this question to students and you will most likely field responses in the positive. However, viewing HHMI BioInteractive's new video entitled The Origin of Birds may change students’ perspective. This short film is one of the latest in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's series about the “Great Transitions” of life. Fitting nicely in between films on the Origin of Tetrapods and the Origin of Humans, it takes the viewer through several million years of bird evolution.

The Origin of Birds is narrated by paleontologist Julia Clark from the University of Texas at Austin. She takes the viewer to archeological digs where bird fossils have been...

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