Did You Know {159} ~ Crocodiles Are More Closely Related To Birds Than They Are Lizards

Crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards. According to a study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz, “Crocodiles are the closest living relatives of the birds, sharing a common ancestor that lived around 240 million years ago and also gave rise to the dinosaurs.” The study was performed on crocodilian genomes, and it shows an “exceptionally slow” rate of genome evolution in the crocodilians.

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