Seeds saved dinosaur-birds from mass extinction
A diet of seeds saved the beaked birds, while carnivorous bird-like dinosaurs perished
Now a new study by Derek Larson, the Assistant Curator at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grand Prairie, Alberta, has found that the answer relates to diet.
Carnivorous bird-like dinosaurs, those with teeth, disappeared suddenly when the asteroid hit because their diet disappeared as well. But those with beaks survived - and gave rise to modern birds - because of their ability to eat seeds. Seeds remained in abundance in the aftermath of the mass extinction.